Passover 5782 has come and gone. We have positioned ourselves, sown a seed, and now it is time to receive the reward. Although the enemy may have tried to attack, Yeshua clearly states in the Word, “I came to bring life and life more abundantly” (John10:10). So now, as we patiently walk out this time of promotion, it is important that we understand how to protect the nine Passover blessings that we have received.
In David’s Psalm 27, he releases an exuberant declaration of faith. These scriptures stand as an excellent example of how to walk through the sometimes-difficult road of transition we all walk during times of promotion.
Do not be afraid!
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”—Psalm 27:1
In the midst of trials and tribulations, we must magnify the greatness of God, rather than seed the atmosphere with words of fear and intimidation. Remember, faith moves God and fear moves Satan!
Testify to His goodness.
“When the wicked came against me, to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell. Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident.”—Psalm 27: 2-3
Here he testifies to the goodness of God in the past, reminding himself of God’s faithfulness. We also must do the same.
Remain rooted in His presence.
David understood that safety comes from dwelling in the presence of God and staying in fellowship with other Believers.
“One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I 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 inquire in His temple.”—Psalm 27:4
We must remain rooted in the Word—immersed in the presence of the Most High God. Likewise, we are not to forsake the assembly of the brethren. It is easy to get offended and to walk away from the Church, but we must, in this hour, choose to remain steadfast. We can only grow when we face issues together. You never know when God will reveal a download during a service that will be life-changing. Don’t miss an opportunity to meet with the Lord because of an offense you may hold with your brother or sister in Christ.
In every circumstance, offer sacrifices of praise.
“For in the time of trouble, he shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle, he shall hide me; he shall set me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; therefore, I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.”—Psalm 27:5-6
David knew the importance of praising the Lord in worship. This is what set him apart from other leaders and kings. This is what allowed him to remain victorious against all odds.
Be quick to repent and to seek His face.
He was also quick to repent when he sinned. God requires that each one of us seek His face.
“Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When You said, ‘Seek My face,’ My heart said to You, ‘Your face, Lord, I will seek.’
Do not hide Your face from me; Do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; Do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation.”—Psalm 27:7-9
Many choose to walk away in rebellion, only desiring to receive from the Lord. However, much is required of those who the Lord calls, and we must not ignore the prodding of the Holy Spirit when He requests our full attention. We must choose to be in attendance during His special feast times throughout the year, despite what others do or say.
God is our ultimate provider.
“When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me.”—Psalm 27:10
Although our earthly parents have failed many of us, we must understand that God Himself steps into that gap. What a promotion! What an honor to be a son or daughter of our Heavenly Father—Adonai!
Turn the other cheek.
“Teach me Your way, O Lord, and lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.
Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and such as breathe out violence.”—Psalm 27:11-12
Please understand that you will experience attacks. This is especially true when you are right in the center of God’s will. However, the way you deal with those attacks is what ultimately either brings defeat or greater promotion.
We must choose not to retaliate, no matter how difficult that may seem. We must believe that we will see the goodness of God bring us through every situation—good and bad.
We must remember that God is a good Father.
David never cursed God, even in the midst of great adversity. Innately he knew that God was good, and although he did not always understand the circumstances, he remained steadfast in knowing that God loved him and would bring rewards into his life at the right time.
“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed, that I would see the goodness of the Lord, in the land of the living.”—Psalm 27:13
Wait on the Lord.
Just like David, during extreme times of testing our greatest defense is waiting on the Lord. His counterpart Saul struggled with patience. He remained dependent upon Samuel’s personal relationship with the Lord, and refused to press in for himself. Ultimately this behavior cost him the Kingdom and brought great shame upon his household.
“Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!”—Psalm 27:24
During this key time between Passover and Pentecost, to reflect on this significance of God's appointed times. When you look back next year at this time, after you’ve followed these principles, you’ll be amazed at how far you have come… and the direction that you are headed.