perspective is everything. Perhaps it was because of the situation I was in or because the person that told me was someone I admired greatly. Either way I haven’t forgotten it. I am also pretty sure I didn’t appreciate the importance of that statement at the time but it is totally something I’ve always come back to. As I read my devo this morning I felt like God totally upgraded this statement and if you would indulge me, I’d like to share it with you. Psalm3 ( NKJV )

Lord, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. Many are they who say of me, “There is no help for him in God.” Selah

But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the Lord with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill. Selah

I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me all around.

Arise, O Lord; Save me, O my God! For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone; You have broken the teeth of the ungodly.

Salvation belongs to the Lord. Your blessing is upon Your people. Selah

This particular Psalm was written by King David as he was fleeing from his son Absalom. King David was a man of war, it seems like he was always in some kind of battle, ALWAYS. As I read through his life and his songs I began to see it weaved into the way he lived and prayed and royally screwed things up. But the great thing about His life is we can all learn about how to navigate seasons of war because GOD IN HIS KINDNESS documented it through out the Bible. Thanks Jesus, I see whatcha did there!

Lesson 1

Its okay to speak about the fact that you are in a battle but its not okay for you to allow the state of war to manifest FEAR within you.

I love the first 4 verses. Yea, this sucks, here we go again. But Lord YOU ARE MY SHIELD, and even if something happens and there is no help you are the lifter of my head! He knew his eyes needed to be focused up! He knew his perspective didn’t need to change just because a battle was upon him. If we only lived our lives with our eyes fixed on Jesus, it would be such a game-changer. It’s only then that you won’t lose perspective. Perspective is always lost when we allow fear to replace our hope. And if your heart and life is fixed on the greatest HOPE that ever lived then fear must stay at bay. #Selah

Lesson 2

REST that you can feel and see in the physical is a by-product of REST that’s cultivated in your soul. #JesusInABoat

I love how David strengthens himself in the latter verses. He doesn’t allow the circumstance to steal his rest and peace. “God, you’ve struck down my enemies before and salvation is yours!” He even sees the blessing in it. I can’t even! As I read this I whispered, “I want that kind of perspective…fearless perceptive!” Our lives will always be in a state of war until eternity in one way or another. But we are meant to live with HOPE and FEARLESS perspective that changes the atmosphere of where we are and who we encounter.

If you find yourself feeling at war or with no rest for your soul, remind yourself that He has struck down your enemies before and HE will do it again. Victory isn’t something you have to fight for, it was already fought for and attained for us on calvary and you just have to remind yourself of that! He is your shield and you have nothing to fear!

FACT: Trouble will always be something we have to navigate in this life… ( Thanks Eve!!! )

TRUTH: …you get to choose whether it steals your hope, steals your rest, steals your joy. You get to choose what you fix your eyes on. Choose wisely — the joy is set before you!

Now stay focused on Jesus, who designed and perfected our faith. He endured the cross and ignored the shame of that death because He focused on the joy that was set before Him; and now He is seated beside God on the throne, a place of honor. Heb 2:2 – the voice

Don’t get lost in the facts of your circumstance that you forget the truth of God. His Truth is the only thing that matters and HIS truth is we win in the end.

xo Chari