Daily in the Psalms : Psalm 27
psalms 27CONFIDENCE IN GOD
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? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. Psalms 27:1-3
There is a blessing available to every Christian. That blessing is being able to put our trust in God, no matter what the situation may be. You will need this truth one day, if you have not come to that place already. It is a shame that so many will get to the place where they can benefit from this wonderful blessing, but they fail to see it and/or take advantage of it. The Psalmist ends verse three with these words, “In this will I be confident.” These three verses are filled with much to be confident in. God help us to see God as He is and have great confidence in Him. There is just something about those words, “The Lord!” That Name inspires hope. Only those that have seen “The Light” know that there is something special about that Name. Light is the best way to describe God revealing Himself to us, responding to our cry. He enlightens our eyes, our minds and our souls. He gives light to our path and shows us to way out of darkness.
For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. (Psalms 18:28).
For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light. (Psalms 36:9).
Then the Psalmist says, “He is “MY” light.” Thank God, our faith is personal. That is what makes our relationship with the Lord so precious; that is the beauty of resting in salvation in Him alone. It is more than mere belief; it is a personal relationship. It is one thing to say “God is light,” but another thing to say, “God is MY light!” It is one thing to cry our, “The Lord, He is God,” but another thing to proclaim in faith, “MY Lord and MY God.” The thing that sets Christianity apart from all other religions is the fact that it is personal. I could never be content with a god; I need to know that He is MY God. When you can say that the Lord is MY light, your heart will be filled with courage and joy.
I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. (Psalms 18:1).
He not only says that the Lord is his light, but he says that He is his salvation. He is all we need for our safety and good. God does not just give us salvation; He IS our salvation. Those that have placed their trust in Him have available to them, all that God has. Then he says that the Lord is the strength of his life. God is the stronghold that makes the believer safe. Because He is MY light, MY salvation and MY strength, there is no need for me to fear. I pity those that have no security, those that fear losing their salvation. If God cannot be lost, our salvation cannot be lost. “The Lord” is all that I need. Because of Him and who He is, I can stand behind the shield of faith and fight the good fight, I can hide in His impregnable fortress, hoist the banner of the cross and defy every foe. No wonder the Psalmist says, “whom shall I fear.”
When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. Psalms 27:2-3
David remembers the past victories, the times when the strength of the Lord was revealed. God revealed Himself against David’s enemies, against wild beasts and against his own failures. The Christian should never forget the times when his strength was not enough, but God revealed His strength and defeated the enemy. There are those that are discouraged because they have enemies. The Christian must never forget that God’s enemies are our enemies. If we had God’s people for our enemies, we would have reason to be discouraged, but because the wicked are our enemies, God will be revealed. May I say that the hate of the wicked is better than their love. If we have their love, we will stumble and fall with them when God reveals His strength. His enemies came against him with a vengeance, they had great confidence, they had already counted him as their easy prey. But they encountered someone they never expected, the Lord, and they fell. David remembers these events as though they were yesterday and his heart is strengthened. Goliath stumbled and fell. His enemies at Ziglag stumbled and fell. There were so many times he could remember the strength of the Lord, so he cries out in the midst of his troubles now, “My heart shall not fear, I will be confident!”
If God has proven Himself to you and given you past deliverance, why not try Him again? The One we have found to be faithful, why not trust Him until the end? The One that led us to victory in past battles, why not follow Him to a new battlefield?
The Devil knows how to make you fear, he makes you picture all kinds of danger. That is what David was doing in verse three. He could see the gathering of the forces of the enemy, he could see the proud look of the faces of the enemy, he could see their tents, their armor, their weapons and their banners. He could see the terror of the battle and he could feel the danger to his soul. But with all of that before him, his eye never flinches and his heart knows no fear. What sustained him? His faith in HIS God! He said, “In this will I be confident.” In what? In past deliverance:
6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about. 7 Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly. (Psalms 3:6-7).
When the opposition comes, we can say with Peter, “We must obey God!” When danger is sure, we can say with Paul, “None of these things move me!”
Ahab and Jezebel could not scare Elijah, because he had seen the deliverance of God. The horses and chariots that filled the hills could not scare Elisha, because he had seen the deliverance of God.
What can scare the Christian that says, “ The Lord is MY Light, MY salvation, My strength?” Who shall he fear?
Does he fear the Law? No! It has been satisfied!
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31).
COMMUNICATION WITH GOD
One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; 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. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD. Psalms 27:4-6
God help us to see that communication with Him is connected to the House of God. There are those that say that they have communication with God, but are not faithful to Church. They don’t have the kind of communication that David had.
David makes a clear statement here; fellowship with God in His House will protect the soul from trouble. This kind of communication must be desired and sought after.
Not as an occasional experience
Not as a temporary relief
Not as a pleasure for a short time
But as our joy for life!
Why? That we may behold the beauty of the Lord! The beauty of the Lord is not limited to the Church, but it is there that we become well acquainted with it and experience it more freely and that will cause us to seek it all the time. When we inquire in His Temple, we will find that beauty and we will take it with us when we leave. This cannot be a half-hearted effort. He said, “One thing have I desired, I will seek after...” All of the luxuries that David had known and would ever know were nothing compared to the beauty of the Lord. Only when we make Him our all, our Alpha and Omega, the supreme object of our delight and study, then we can hope to see His beauty. The world does all it can to claim our attention and our affection. This is the work of Satan; he is trying to take the secret away, the protection of the Lord. The Lord protects those that are hidden in His pavilion. That is the best shelter in the worst danger. God does not move His great hand of protection as a mere demonstration of His power, His protection is an act of righteousness. The sinner flees to Christ, not to hide from Him, but to hide in Him, for protection. Blessed is the man that finds himself in the hiding place of God, he is set on the Rock which can never be stormed or taken by the enemy.
After setting his defense, after remembering his deliverance, and after realizing his protection, David breaks out in a song of praise. Like the sound of a trumpet announcing a great celebration, the Psalmist sings praises to the Lord. God help us to get to the point that we offer our sacrifices with joy and allow those sacrifices to cause us to sing His praises. It’s time for a loud and glad expression of thankfulness to burst forth from the hearts of God’s people.
There are two things that make the head hang down, fear and shame. Hope and trust in the Lord removes both of these from the Christian. Because we have our hope in Him and because our fear and shame have been removed, we ought to have devout gratitude. That devout gratitude compels us to gladly offer sacrifices to Him.
David’s trouble was in the past, his joy was in the present, it was only right that praise would be in the future. It’s not time to sulk and complain, it’s time to sing and celebrate, our hope is in the Lord! David is not praising God for the blessings in his kingdom or riches in his own house; he is praising God for his experience and devotion in the house of the Lord. Those that love the Church will be a people of praise, expressing the joy of their fellowship with God.
THE COMPASSION OF GOD
Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up. Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. Psalms 27:7-12
There is a great light for the Christian, but that does not mean that there will never be a shadow. David’s song of jubilation is now replaced with the realization of his need for the help of God. Verse 10 says it all. When all else fails, when everyone else fails, “Then the Lord will take me up.” Even in our most joyful times, Satan can send a blast of doubt and trouble into our lives without warning. That is when we must do as David did, cast ourselves, unworthy as we are, on the mercy of God. His desire to be heard is intense and he awaits an answer from the Lord. Crying out for the mercy of God is the answer, it is the hope of the sinner and the joy of the Saint. There is no need to worry; God is good. He will hear and He will answer. It was God that said, “Seek my face.” David says, “God, you said for me to seek your face, now I make those words my own, and I am seeking your face.” This is a prompt and earnest response of obedience. When trouble comes or when the thought of trouble comes, we must always remember what the Lord has said and obey it.
Seeking the face of the Lord is to seek His favor:
Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies' sake. (Psalms 31:16).
When God hides His face, that indicates disapproval:
Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication. (Psalms 55:1).
David remembers the past help of God, reminds God of that past help and then, pleads for the Lord not to leave or forsake him. There is a valuable lesson here, when we face trouble, we can plead because of our past experiences and then expect future deliverance. Why? Because God is good! I am not sure that the statement in verse 10 is completely negative, David had Godly parents. It is a fact of life that children and parents will sooner or later be separated. Humanly speaking, the love of a parent is a great love and when we think it is lost, it is a great loss. That is when the love and presence of God can be so wonderful. It will never fail and it can never be separated from us. Again, God is good!
We must learn that submission to the ways and will of God is the best safety for the Christian. Our own personal weakness and the troubles of this world increase the danger of our going astray. In his trouble, David is fearful that he might make the wrong decisions, so he cries out to God to teach him the right way and lead him in that plain path. Another truth that we need to see is, God’s way, the right way, must be taught to us. We will not automatically do right, we are inclined to wrong. That is why we need Church and the Word of God. When we combine Church and the Word of God with our faith, we will be shown the pleasant, plain and safe path.
COMFORT FROM GOD
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Psalms 27:13-14
The Psalmist begins to speak to himself. He knows his own weakness and states it, “I would have fainted.” Whenever we lose sight of the goodness of the Lord, we will grow weak and faint. There are times when our faith will lapse into fear; that is when we can only hope to see the goodness of the Lord. Because He is good, we will see it. That hope inspires the believer and the goodness of the Lord gives him courage to dedicate himself anew to the Lord.
After all of this, the Psalmist comes up with a great truth, ‘WAIT, I SAY, ON THE LORD!” When we wait on and trust Him, He will strengthen us. There are many ways to wait, including serenity and service. Whatever way the Lord leads you to wait, there must be supplication, prayer. We need to ask Him for his help and the strength to trust Him to take care of us, even when our faith is weak. As we devote ourselves to God, we will find that He will fight our battles for us. When our will is resigned to His, victory is sure. All we need to do is love Him and our fear will be defeated and our future will be secure.
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31).
So Glad To Be So Saved
Danny "Preacher" Bezet