What fears do you face in 2018? What challenges or even enemies must you deal with? Whatever fears and foes you may face, you can have great confidence in the Lord – bold, even defiant confidence. King David, who had no shortage of enemies, wrote, "The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalm 27:1) David faced foes such as besieging armies and a betraying son, but his greatest enemies were the same as yours and mine: a sinful nature bent on disobedience, the condemning power of sin, the devil with his lies and manipulation, and the inescapable specter of death. With the Lord as your light, your salvation, and your stronghold, you have a victorious answer for all these enemies. Greater than your rebellious nature is God’s declaration, "Baptized child of God." Regarding your sin God says, "Forgiven." Over the devil God declares, "Defeated." And about death He says, "Conquered." You see the reality of these powerful truths in Jesus Christ, who came and conquered these enemies for you. So, "Whom shall I fear?" No one!
Would you like to have this kind of confidence? And how can you make sure it lasts as the enemies’ attacks persist in the new year? David continues, "One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple." (Psalm 27:4) Of all the things David could have asked for, his "one thing" was to seek God’s presence and behold His beauty at church. What is your "one thing" for 2018, the most important thing that will make all the difference in your life? I hope you see the gift that coming to church is! What superior passion and purpose could you have in 2018 than to gather together with God’s people and gaze upon His beauty? What greater confidence could you receive than to hear and be renewed in the good news of the forgiveness of all your sins? What better place could there be to find the solution for every fear? So come, not for a passing glance, but to "gaze" upon your Savior, and FACE THE NEW YEAR WITH CONFIDENCE IN THE LORD.
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Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.