Summary: You have to see the victory before you get the victory
Psalms 27: 13-14
This is a very interesting song of David. He begins by talking of the goodness of the Lord, calling him his light, strength, and savior. He says that with God on his side, he has no reason to fear anyone or anything. He says when sinful men came up against him, they all tripped and fell. And if an army were to rise up against him, he still wouldn’t be afraid because he was sure of the Lord.
Then he goes on to say that the one thing he desires the most is to be able to dwell in the house of the Lord forever, for there was safety/security in that place. He could worship/give praise freely, because in the house of God he would be kept in the day of trouble.
Then in V.7 he begins to say that God told him to seek his face, and David says he is doing just that. For, he realized that without the strength of God, he would never be able to endure. He pleaded for the Lord not to leave him. He said even though his father and mother had forsaken him, he knew God would not.
He continues to moll over the fact that he has multiple enemies about him, and he was in trouble. But he makes a statement in V.13: “I would have fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living”. In other words, “I wouldn’t have made it, I wouldn’t have survived, I would have lost hope, I would have given up if it had not been for the fact that I believed God was going to show me his goodness and get me out of the mess I was in”.
I’ve told you before, but you must understand this man is speaking from the perspective of someone who literally lived a life of turmoil/travesty. He endured everything from wrestling a bear and a lion, to fighting a gladiator from Gath, to escaping the wrath of a wicked king, to seeing his own son die, to losing the respect of his wife, to having his own children to try and kill him, and more. But somehow he knew that in God’s way/time, victory was going to come and the blessings of the Lord would be poured out.
You need to notice that he doesn’t say he would’ve fainted if it hadn’t been for the Lord giving goodness, but rather if it hadn’t been for the fact he believed he would see the goodness of the Lord. In other words, he wasn’t there now, but in his spirit he could see himself blessed. *What a word for the church: if you are going to get to your blessing, you must, in the midst of your circumstance, see yourself blessed. If you are going to get the victory, you must see beyond your current state and see yourself victorious. If you can’t see it now, you aren’t ever going to get there. That’s why Heb. 11:1 says “Faith is the substance of things HOPED for, the evidence of things NOT SEEN”. You don’t need faith if you already have it. But until you get it, you need to see it in your spirit. *If you’re sick, see yourself healed. If you’re broke, see yourself rich. If you’re lonely, see yourself comforted. If you’re bound, see yourself delivered. Bottom line is: If you don’t see it now, you won’t see it then!
Here’s what happens to so many of us: We pray and pray, weep and cry, but still we have one set back, one disappointment after another. And we begin to wonder why it is that things aren’t changing. Why is it we can’t get a breakthrough? Prov. 13:12 Message “Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heart sick. But a sudden good break can turn life around”. How true this is. David even said in 1 Sam. 27:1 “One of these days I will be destroyed by the hand of Saul…” I wish I could tell you we can snap our fingers and things will change immediately. Unfortunately, that’s not the way it goes. But David says here in Ps. 27, ‘I don’t have to get a breakthrough right now. Just the sheer knowledge that one is coming is enough for me!’