Confidence in the Lord Ps. 27: 1-3 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
When it comes to our life in the Lord, you must ask yourself this question. In what or in whom am I placing my confidence. Now, we are going to automatically say, “The Lord.” But practically speaking, in what or in whom are you actually putting your confidence?
Your confidence cannot be in your religion – Jer 48:13 – Your religion cannot save you. No matter how well you keep your religion’s doctrine, you can only be saved by the Lord Jesus Christ [Jn 14:6; 1 Tim 2:5]. Your confidence must be in the Lord – Ps 27:1-3 – he is your light and salvation and strength.
Your confidence cannot be in your wealth – Job 31:24-28 – men trust in gold and silver. But these are uncertain riches and they are not durable riches. Riches profit not in the day of wrath. Money cannot buy happiness, health, heaven, etc. Your confidence must be in the Lord. We have confidence in his words and in his promises 2 Cor 5:6-8.
Your confidence cannot be in your flesh – Phil 3:3-4 – men trust in their strength and in their opinions, education, wisdom, accomplishments and in their ways. Your confidence must be in the Lord. The Lord Jesus gives us boldness and access to God with confidence Eph 3:11-12.
Your confidence cannot be in princes – Ps 118:9 – congressmen and senators, presidents and governors, and judges are necessary but our confidence is not in them. Your confidence must be in the Lord. In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence Prov 14:26.
Your confidence cannot be in man – Ps 118:8 – a lawyer or a doctor may be necessary but he is not to be your confidence. A man may not be faithful in time of trouble Prov 25:19. Your confidence must be in the Lord. God is always faithful. We have confidence in his will and answered prayer 1 Jn 5:14. Though your confidence can be strengthened by a man Phil 1:14 and you can have confidence that men will respond to your words of exhortation from the Bible 2 Thes 3:4, our confidence must be in the Lord.
Conclusion: if your confidence is in your religion, you need to change that now and put your confidence and trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ. And if your confidence is in your wealth, flesh, princes or man, change that now and put your confidence in the Lord. He is the only one in whom to have confidence.