HOPE IN A TIME OF WAR
As I read the words of this psalm, I see the imagery of battle being portrayed in these verses. Words
like “enemies, “foes, “host, and “war, all speak of warfare. Phrase like “though an host encamp
against me”, and “though war should rise against me”, 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 in the midst of the battles
he is fighting, David still has hope. We too find our selves in difficult situations. But as David we too can have hope. Hope
that passes all understanding.
Hope is a powerful thing. G. K. Chesterton said, “There is no medicine like hope, no incentive
so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow.” Here is how the dictionary describes
hope. “to have a wish to get or do something or for something to happen or be true, especially something that seems
possible or likely.” Hope, from the world’s viewpoint is just what that definition describes. The world
sees hope as a wish or a desire. Hope, for the world, is a longing for something that may or may not take place.
The Bible teaches us a vastly different definition of hope. Listen to the words of Jeremiah, “Blessed
is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is,” (Jer. 17:7). The
world says that hope is merely a fond wish or desire. But, the words used for hope in the Bible tell a different story. They
teach us that hope is “A deep settled confidence that God will keep His promises!” The ability to look forward
Now, I know you have battles; but do you have hope? Are you resting in the sure confidence that God
will do just as He has promised He would? That is the essence of hope and hope is a possession we all need to be sure we own
in large quantities. I want to look into these verses for a while today and I want to preach about Hope In The Midst Of Your
Battles. Notice with me where our hope comes from and what hope will accomplish in our lives.
I. OUR CONFIDENCE IN Jehovah PROVIDES
HOPE v. 1-3
David begins his psalm of hope by declaring his personal faith in the Lord. Notice the three-fold use
of the word “my” in verse 1. David has a personal relationship with God. This is the basic foundation for
1 Confidence In The Person Of Jehovah – 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.
A. As Light, God delivers His people from darkness guides
B. As Salvation God delivers His people from Damnation –
And secures our Souls – (John 10:28)
C. As Strength God delivers His people from Defeat and
guarantees our Success –
D. These three great characteristics of God serve to give us hope
even in the midst of battle!
Because of Who our God is, we
need not fear any enemy that should arise
2. Confidence In The Performance Of The Jehovah –
A. David declares that his present hope in the Lord rests
that which God has done for him in the past.
B. God did not fail him then, and He will not fail His child today.
C. That same confidence is ours today! The God we serve is
1. (Mal.3:6; Heb. 13:8). He is the same God with the same
II. OUR COMMITMENT TO Jehovah PROVIDES HOPE
1. Commited To Living By Faith (Rom. 1:17)
1. Committed To Lingering Near Jehovah –
A. 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
1. This is a theme David
repeated in (Psalm 84:1-4).
2. This ought to be
our desire as well.
B. We need that same passion to be where the Lord is honored
and where He is worshiped. Of course, we have the church
and we are commanded to be
in attendance, (Heb. 10:25).
But, I think there ought to
be a desire to find that Place of
closeness and intimacy with
the Lord. Where we can linger in
all the days of our lives.
C. If there is a genuine desire to be near Him, it will
itself in clear action. There will be a commitment to prayer and
to the study of the Word of
God. There will be a commitment
to public and private worship.
2. Committed To Loving Jehovah –
A. 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;
but he is also committed to
worshiping the Lord. That
is a worthy goal for life!
B. This should be the goal of every believer as well,
1. If we are going to worship the
Lord, we are going to have to
do it His
way. Jesus told us how to worship in (John 4:24).
3. Committed To Leaning On Jehovah –
A. David also expresses his desire to call upon the Lord;
commune with God; and to make requests of God. This is
another image of worship.
B. David here declares his utter dependence upon the Lord
the necessities of life.
C. David looks beyond his own abilities and sees the limitless
provisions of the Lord.
D. My, what a limitless resource we have been given in prayer!
1. We are invited to pray, (Jer.
2. We are promised that God will hear
and answer our prayers
E. Our commitment to Him provides hope in the day of our battles.
As we Linger near
Him; Love on Him and Lean on Him, we can
have the absolute confidence that
He will see to our needs and
to the things that would cause us to worry.)
III. OUR COMFORT IN Jehovah PROVIDES HOPE
1. God Has A Sheltered Place For Us –
A. David tells us that the Lord will hide him in His pavilion.
king’s pavilion was
a tent that erected in the middle of the
The tent was then surrounded by an
army of brave soldiers.
1. As the battles of life rage about
us, we are safely tucked
our King’s pavilion.
B. The Bible tells us that “your life is hid with Christ in God”,
1. Could there be a safer place in all the universe?
C. The assurance of His sheltering place allows us to weather the
storms of life with hope. This
was what allowed David to face
Goliath. This was the confidence that kept
and Abednego. This was the assurance that gripped the
heart of Daniel! This was the knowledge that allowed Paul
continue, even when he
suffered greatly, (2 Cor. 12:7-11).
2. God Has A Secret Place For Us –
A. The word “tabernacle” brings to mind the place
of worship. The
“secret” refers to the “holy of holies”.
1. That place which was off
limits to all but the High Priest, a
place that other men entered under the penalty of death.
2. Yet, it is that secret
place, to which God takes His precious
3. A place where the very presence
of God dwelt and the glory
of God could
be seen. It was there that God took David
the battles of his life.
B. The word “hide” means “to conceal”.
1. It is amazing that there is a place of solitude
in a world filled
2. There is a place that you and I can flee to during
battles that rage about us.
3. A place that affords us quiet, peace and the profound
presence of God.
4. A place reserved for those who love the Lord their God.
5. Have you ever been to that place? That place where God
meets with you and you alone. That place where all else falls
away and you are left with
Him and Him alone? That is the
place He invites those who
abide to enter!
6. Stephen was in that place at the moment of his death,
3. God Has A Secure Place For Us –
A. David has the assurance that even when life threatens
overflow him, the Lord will set him on a rock, a place that is
unchangeable, powerful and
B. This Rock is none other than the Lord Himself,
( I Cor. 10:4).
C. The rock referred to in these verses is a “great
craggy rock”. It
is a rock that juts far above the battles going on at its feet.
D. This is the gift to all those who know Him! We are promised
that we have a place of refuge that will lift us far above the
stormy seas that would drown
E. Like the eagle, who takes refuge above the storm until
passed; those who abide in Him are given grace that bears
them higher than the storms
and keeps them safe until danger
has passed, (Isa. 40:31).
4. God Has A Special Place For Us –
A. David says that he will worship the Lord; he will praise
1. Because of the things the Lord has
done for him.
2. Because the Lord has lifted him above
3. Because the Lord has hidden him away in the
4. Because the Lord sheltered him away from
the terrors of the
B. What a lesson to us!
I would like to conclude this sermon this morning by reading verses 13 and 14 of this Psalm