As I was on my way to work this morning I was thinking about confidence… a confidence that lasts. It is so easy to have confidence when things are good, when they are going our way and all seems well. But how do we get the confidence that lasts… the kind that is there when darkness grips us or when the unexpected comes.
Then a worship song came on the radio in my car that took me to a place of udder surrender and praise. (King of My Heart – Kutless) To listen click here. And all of sudden the Holy Spirit was speaking to me that when we open our hearts and praise the LORD for who He is and declare over and over that HE IS GOOD, “this is where you get confidence that lasts”. From total and under surrendering worship.
You know that shepherd boy…David, that had so much confidence that he could take down the giant? The one that believed His God was with him everywhere that he went? That same boy sang songs and played his harp in complete and udder surrender to the LORD his God.
Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – Psalm 103:1-2
David knew where his confidence came from. He knew it didn’t come from the Israelite people, it didn’t come from his family (his older brothers doubted him), it didn’t even come from within himself after he killed Goliath. It came solely from the LORD his God…and he kept that confidence by worshipping and opening his heart to praise God for who He is and what He has already done and continues to do.
This is how we get confidence that lasts…by believing and declaring that God is good. By knowing that He is working all things together for good. (Romans 8:28) And by surrendering all we have to Him, His plan and His purpose.