A couple of the teenagers stood out as brilliant leaders, and I quickly realised why.
Reference: “But as for me, I am poor and needy; come quickly to me, O God. You are my help and my deliverer; Lord, do not delay.” Psalm 70:5 NIV
Explore: I was watching a group of young leaders teaching Sunday School the other day. These 13-15 years olds were dedicating their Sunday mornings to teaching pre-schoolers about Jesus.
There was a big difference between the leaders though.
Most of the leaders, being teenagers, were very self conscious. They were more interested in what their peers thought of them than actually watching the children.
A couple of the teenagers stood out as brilliant leaders, and I quickly realised why. Their self confidence was so strong they didn’t care what the other leaders thought of them.
They would do the actions to the songs and sit in with the kids and didn’t care if they were daggy or not. And this is what made them the coolest leaders.
Application: So often we are more worried about the opinions of our peers rather than the opinion of God or our loved ones. This holds us back from being true to ourselves and honest about our actual feelings.
The Psalmist did not have that problem. In Psalm 70, like many of the psalms, we read the raw emotion the writer is feeling.
He hopes everyone else who believes is able to rejoice, however, his current faith journey is searching for his God from a place of desperation.
There is a time and a place to be vulnerable, but when we have confidence in God then we are more free to be ourselves. We know He will love us, regardless of our rejoicing or our desperation.
Prayer: Lord, may we seek our confidence from You so we do not hold back but live according to Your design for our lives. Amen.
How strong is your confidence?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.