Psalm 11

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1 In the LORD I put my trust; how can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain”?

2 For look! The wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow on the string, that they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart.

3 If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?

4 The LORD is in His holy temple, the LORD’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.

5 The LORD tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.

6 Upon the wicked He will rain coals; fire and brimstone and a burning wind shall be the portion of their cup.

7 For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.

 

Was David brave?  Really take a moment and think about it.  If courage and bravery can be defined as “Knowing you might lose, and yet continuing forward”.  Then I would argue that David was in fact, not as brave as we want to make him out.  Where others might rely on bravery to get through a difficult time, David had something else.  David had faith.  Where courage allows for the possibility of failure and decides the potential reward is worth the risk, faith knows that victory is the only possible outcome.  Now David did have some courage in that he knew there might be some hurt that he would have to go through to get to his eventual win, but his faith was so strong that it actually hampered the development of his courage.  Yes, the first chapter of the Joshua uses the phrase “Be strong and courageous” four times, but I think the better word there would be “confident” in place of “courageous”.  This does not mean that you can pick a fight and expect God to follow you, but as you follow God in faith, losing is not an option.

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