v 4. But the Lord is in his holy Temple; the Lord still rules from heaven.
He watches everyone closely, examining every person on earth.
How often our thoughts are turned around by that little word ‘but’!
Chasing along after the despair comes the realisation that God is still on the throne of the universe. David has to remind himself the Lord still rules from heaven. Now I’m not suggesting that is easy, it’s the inner voice of faith that can shout that out when crises loom. It’s faith that sees through and beyond the social and personal crises of life. It’s more than logic and reason, and way beyond just wishful thinking. Faith sees the whole universe as God’s domain, where His purposes will be worked out in spite of my little crises.
If you get a chance today read through Hebrews 11 with the great examples of what faith means. Starting with the most basic truth of ‘By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen’ (v3) it moves on through the fearful crises that some of God’s people faced and worked through by faith. Whatever you currently face, read this ‘It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets. By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight. Women received their loved ones back again from death. ‘
Confidence springs from the well-founded faith that God rules from Heaven, and that you are one of his loved children.