Having Done All, Stand….. Ready….Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

           A Psalm of Fearless Trust in God.              
A Psalm of David-  Psalm 27

“When you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart.”   (sung by Babbie Mason) 

1   The Lord is my light and my salvation;  Whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the defense of my life;  Whom shall I dread?
2   When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
3   Though a host encamp against me,  My heart will not fear;  Though war arise against me,  In spite of this I shall be confident.
4   One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, To behold      the beauty of the Lord And to meditate in His temple.
5   For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a      rock.
6   And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, And I will offer in His tent sacrifices [f]with shouts of joy;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.
7   Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice, And be gracious to me and answer me.
8   When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.”
9   Do not hide Your face from me, Do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; Do not abandon me nor forsake        me, O God of my salvation!
10   For my father and my mother have forsaken me, But the Lord will take me up.
11   Teach me Your way, O Lord, And lead me in a level path Because of my foes.
12   Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries, For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out                violence.
13   I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.
14   Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.


The Armor of God – Ephesians 6:10-24
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.  Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,  and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,  and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
But that you also may know about my circumstances, how I am doing, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make everything known to you. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know [n]about us, and that he may comfort your hearts. Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love.


Does this recall another day in history….. like the Hebrews in Egypt waiting with their shoes on and their staffs in hand, with unleavened bread in their bags…. ready to leave…. as soon as the Angel of the Lord had passed over Egypt and slain the firstborns?  The Firstborn of the Resurrection, Jesus Christ, was slain and went home.  Were the slaves freed?   Of course they were.  Stand firm.  Don’t worry about this.  God’s got this!   Perfect love casts out fear.