As we read the words of this psalm, we
see the imagery of battle being portrayed in
these verses. Words like “enemies” and “foes”
in verse 2, “host” and “war” in verse 3, and “enemies”
in verse 6 all speak of warfare. Phrases
like “though an host encamp against me” and
“though war should rise against me” in verse
3 speak of a battle being waged against David.
It appears that he is in a difficult situation. Yet,
it is also very clear from reading these verses
that even during the battles he is fighting, David
still has hope.
Now, I know you have battles, but, do you
have hope? Are you resting in the sure confidence
that God will do what He has promised?
That is the essence of hope, and hope
is a possession we all need to own in large
I. OUR CONFIDENCE IN THE LORD PROVIDES
HOPE (VERSES 1-3)
David begins his psalm of hope by declaring his personal faith in the Lord. Notice the threefold use of the word “my” in verse 1. David has a personal relationship with God. This is the basic foundation for hope.
A. Confidence in the person of the Lord (verse 1). David tells us that God is his “light,” his “salvation,” and his “strength.” There is a tremendous blessing in these three titles attributed to our God.
1. As light, God delivers His people from darkness (Col. 1:13) and guides our steps (Ps. 37:23; 119:105; John 16:13).
2. As salvation, God delivers His people from damnation (John 5:24) and secures our souls (John 10:28; 1 Pet. 1:5; John 6:37).
3. As strength, God delivers His people from defeat (1 Cor. 15:57) and guarantees our success (Rom. 8:37; 2 Cor. 2:14; Isa. 54:17). These three great characteristics of God serve to give us hope even in the midst of battle!
B. Confidence in the performance of the
Lord (verses 2, 3). David declares that his
present hope in the Lord rests upon what
the Lord has done for him in the past. God
did not fail him then, and He will not fail His
That same confidence is ours today! The
God we serve is unchangeable (Mal. 3:6; Heb.
13:8). He is the same God He has always been
and has the same power He has always had.
II. OUR COMMITMENT TO THE LORD
PROVIDES HOPE (VERSE 4)
Not only does living with our faith give us hope; living faithful to the Lord provides a measure of hope that cannot otherwise exist. David mentions three goals in this verse. These three goals all arise from a single commitment to serve the Lord faithfully from a heart of love.
A. He is committed to lingering near the Lord. David wants to spend his entire life in the house of the Lord. He wants to be in that place where the Lord dwells and where the Lord’s presence is real. This is a theme David repeats in Psalm 84:1-4.
B. He is committed to loving the Lord. David wants to “behold the beauty of the Lord.” That is, he wants to “seek His face.” You see, not only is David committed to being where the Lord is; he is also committed to worshiping the Lord. That is a worthy goal for life!
C. He is committed to leaning on the Lord. David also expresses his desire to call upon the Lord, to commune with God, and to make requests of Him. This is another image of worship. Here David declares his utter dependence upon the Lord for the necessities of life.
III. OUR COMFORT IN THE LORD PROVIDES HOPE (VERSES 5, 6)
A. God has a sheltered place for us (verse
5). David tells us that the Lord will hide him in
His pavilion. A king’s pavilion was a tent that
was erected in the middle of the military encampment.
The tent was then surrounded by
an army of brave soldiers. With all the host of
the army camped about, the king’s pavilion
was the safest place on the battlefield.
As the battles of life rage about us, we are
safely tucked away in our King’s pavilion. The
Bible tells us that “your life is hid with Christ in
God” (Col. 3:3)! Could there be a safer place in
all the universe? Of course not!
B. God has a secret place for us (verse
5). The word “tabernacle” recalls the place
of worship. The “secret” refers to the “holy of
holies.” That place was off limits to all but the
High Priest, and he could enter there only one
day each year and only with the blood of an innocent
sacrifice. It was a place that other men
entered under penalty of death.
Yet, it is that secret place to which God
takes His precious friends. The Holy of Holies
was a place where the presence of God dwelt and the glory of God could be seen. It was there
that God took David during the battles of his
In a king’s home, this place is referred to
as the private apartment of the king. It was a
place no one could enter unless he or she did
so at the king’s bidding. To do otherwise invited
It is amazing that, in a world filled with
people, there is a place of solitude. There is a
place to which you and I can flee during the
crushing battles that rage about us. This place
affords us quiet, peace, and the profound presence
of God. Have you ever been to that place?
C. God has a secure place for us (verses
5, 6). David has the assurance that even when
life threatens to overwhelm him, the Lord will
set him on a rock, a place that is unchangeable,
powerful, and immovable. Of course, this
Rock is none other than the Lord Himself (Ps.
D. God has a special place for us (verse
6). David says that he will worship the Lord and
praise the Lord because of the things the Lord
has done for him. Because the Lord has lifted
him above the battles, because the Lord has
hidden him away in the secret place, because
the Lord sheltered him away from the terrors of
the battles, he will praise His name!
Are you fighting some battles today? Of
course you are! But, in the midst of your battles,
do you have hope? Do you have the deep,
settled confidence that everything is going to
be all right? If you do, praise the Lord, for He
has already brought you to that special place
of blessing from which you can offer praise to
But, if you lack that hope, it can be obtained.
How? You can do this by reaffirming
your confidence in the Lord, by renewing your
commitment to the Lord, and by resting your
comfort in the Lord. Get that hope today!