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Real Confidence

“The Lord is my portion; I have promised to keep Your words.

I sought Your favor with all my heart; Be gracious to me according to Your word.

I considered my ways And turned my feet to Your testimonies.

I hastened and did not delay To keep Your commandments.”  - Ps 119:57-60

 

Self-assurance is a sacred value in our day. We applaud those who possess it. But self-assurance is an apparition—it’s a ghost, and not a friendly one. No man can be totally confident who has not first placed his total confidence in God.

“You are my portion, O Lord.” The man who has faith in God, always knows whence tomorrow’s meal is coming. He doesn’t have to fight to achieve and stay on top while neglecting his spiritual needs. The Lord is his portion. That’s his confidence.
“Be merciful to me.” Forgiveness! Ah, what assurance it gives! The man who knows that God has forgiven him need not fear death. He need not reason from consequences. He need not despair over life’s inequities. He is forgiven. That’s his confidence. What else does he require?
“I thought about my ways, and turned my feet.” Men act with certainty. They exude confidence in their business decisions. They justify immoral behavior. But it’s all a facade. The child of God thinks about his ways in the light of God’s way, and gets on the right track. That’s his confidence.

“I made haste, and did not delay to keep your commandments.” Deadlines. Due dates.  Appointments. So what if you keep them all, but never make an appointment with God? What have you accomplished? The believer doesn’t put off spiritual priorities. He doesn’t delay obedience. His priorities are in order. That’s his confidence.