Standing In The Presence Of Your Enemies 10/5/2021

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by Robin McKinley

The last thing anyone wants to do is to stand in the presence of their enemies. In Psalm 27, David laid out for us how we can remain confident even when we are surrounded.

Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident. Psalm 27:3

How can we keep fear from overwhelmed us when something or someone comes against us? Even those who won’t easily admit fearing will experience a rush go through them in certain circumstances.

In verse 1 of this Psalm, David qualified why he and we can escape fear.

The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? Psalm 27:1

The Lord erases all darkness in and around us. He is our salvation in times of trouble. We may become battered up some physically, I’m sure David did at times. But spiritually God is there to protect us from our enemy. You know, the one who is roaming throughout the earth seeking whom he may devour.

It’s important to understand that God is our fortress. He protects us from danger. We have no reason to tremble, but every reason to trust Him. Verse 2 tells us that it is the enemy who will stumble and fall. Because we are confident in the Lord, fear will flee! 

What David Didn’t Do 

Did you notice what David didn’t say in this Psalm? He didn’t ask the Lord to deliver him from his enemies. No! He focused on the protection he received from God. We too must make that our focus as well.

The enemy can circle us all he wants to but to no avail. We can take the attitude that our enemy is just playing ring around the roses. And in the end, he will fall down.

 Verse 4 is interesting. Look at what it says.

The one thing I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. Psalm 27:4

David isn’t saying that he wants to live in the church for the rest of his life. To be in the house of the Lord is to be in God’s presence every day. The apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians that we are the temple of God.

David’s statement also extends beyond this life. When we trust in the Lord every day, we not only have victory over our enemies. But we will spend eternity in heaven with our Deliverer and Savior.

Lord, sometimes we feel overwhelmed by our enemy. It is in those times we need your help more than ever. Even if we are attacked, help us to remain confident so we will not be afraid in our hearts.

About the Author:

Pastor RobinRobin, with his wife Cindy, became children’s evangelists early in their ministry. They ministered to children full time for 8 years. During that time they developed several children’s stories which were told with visuals and puppets.

Robin recently turned two of those stories into children’s books. One is called “The Contest,” a book about the Fruit of the Spirit, and the other is called “Twas the Night of Christmas”. He has also authored 5 volumes of devotional books called, 3 Minutes Alone with God. Each entry is a product of his personal biblical Journaling.

These and his other writings are available on his website called Christian Perspectives at www.ramckinley.com. When you visit this site, you can sign-up for newly written devotions as they come out which will be emailed to you.

Presently Robin is the pastor of Calvary Christian Center in Pottstown, PA. He is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. He and his wife make their home in Birdsboro, Pa. He also serves as the president of the local ministerium. He and Cindy have two married sons and four grandchildren.  

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