This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Psalms

Psalm 27 –  A Psalm of David.

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1 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?
2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
4 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 enquire in his temple.
5 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.
6 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.

7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.
9 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.
10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.
11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart:
wait, I say, on the Lord.

Outline

I. THE LORD IS MY LIGHT, MY SALVATION & THE STRENGTH OF MY LIFE

1. DO NOT FEAR, TRUST IN GOD
a) ( vs.1) 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?
John 8:12, 2 Cor.6:14, Ephesians 5:8-11. Acts 4:12
b) ( vs.2) When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
c) ( vs.3) Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
– (Jesus, should be the main desire and focus of our life. When we put our trust in Him there is no fear).

2. IN GOD’S PRESENCE WE CAN FIND PROTECTION IN TIME OF TROUBLE
a) ( vs.4) 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 enquire in his temple.
b) ( vs.5) For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; (Psalm 91:1-11)he shall set me up upon a rock.
– (Our priority should be to seek the Lord & trust for His protection).

3. WORSHIPING GOD
a) ( vs.6) And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: Psalm 3:3
therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord. Hebrews 13:15
– ( David understood the priority of worship)

II. CRYING OUT TO GOD

1. PRAYING FOR MERCY, DIRECTION & DELIVERANCE
a) ( vs.7) Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
– (Calling Him)
b) (vs. 8) When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.
– (Obeying & seeking)
c) (vs. 9) 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.
– (Pleading)
d) (vs. 10) When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.
– (Trusting)
e) (vs. 11) Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. (Psalm 25:4)
– (Direction) When we ask God for direction is because we want to do His will, but when we don’t it’s because we are use to do our will.
f) (vs. 12) Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.
– (Deliverance)

III. WAITING ON GOD

1) TRUSTING GOD
a) (vs.13) I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
– (Trusting).

2) WAITING IN FAITH
a) (vs.14) Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

 

  • What are the main points of this psalm?
    Trusting God in time of danger (1-6)
    – Seeking God’s face (vs.4)
    – Praying for direction specially in time of danger or trouble (7-12)
    – Worshiping & offering sacrifice of praise (vs.6)
    Trusting and waiting on God (1-14)

Why is David able to be fearless in the face of trouble, armies, and even war (vs. 1-3)?
What images of safety does David apply to the Lord in verses 1-2 and 5-6?
David seeks not only the Lord’s protection but also the Lord himself (v. 4). How is David’s intense desire for God revealed in this psalm (vs. 4, 8, 11)?
Why should we wait on the Lord & be of good courage (vs. 14)?

 

Psalm 27 by Warr Acres set to video by Jackie Burgess

 

The Lord is my Light & My Salvation- Maranatha Singers

Psalm 27 – song

 

 

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