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FRAMEWORKS: Psalm 27: Total Confidence in God


Of David.


[Preliminary Comments: In verses 1-6 we see David's confidence, his assurance, and his desires: God is there for him, enemies need not be feared, and the place of security is in the Lord's presence. In the remaining verses we see a flow of petitions that both come from and result in a strong confidence in the Lord. A psalm to challenge testimonies, confidence and trust in the Lord as we pray.]



PART   1: v.1-6 Confident Testimony


v.1 David's confidence is in the Lord, so he has no fear


v.1  The Lord is my light and my salvation—
     whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
     of whom shall I be afraid?


v.2,3 This is practically worked out when enemies advance against him


v.2  When the wicked advance against me
     to devour me,
it is my enemies and my foes
     who will stumble and fall.

v.3  Though an army besiege me,
     my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
     even then I will be confident.


v.4 This assurance means all he now wants is to be in God's presence


v.4  One thing I ask from the Lord ,
     this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
     all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
     and to seek him in his temple.

v.5 For he knows in God's presence he is utterly safe in times of trouble


v.5  For in the day of trouble
     he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
     and set me high upon a rock.


v.6 In His presence he knows he will need not fear enemies, but instead worship


v.6  Then my head will be exalted
     above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
     I will sing and make music to the Lord .


PART 2: v.7-14: Prayer, Purpose & more Petitions


v.7 Having made clear his heart's intention he simply asks for this


v.7   Hear my voice when I call, Lord ;
     be merciful to me and answer me.

v.8 His heart tells him this is the right path so he will do it


v.8  My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
     Your face, Lord , I will seek.

v.9,10 He just asks to be received by the Lord, even though others might forsake him


v.9   Do not hide your face from me,
     do not turn your servant away in anger;
     you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
     God my Savior.
v.10  Though my father and mother forsake me,
     the Lord will receive me.

v.11,12 He asks to be taught to hold to the right path in the face of opposition


v.11   Teach me your way, Lord;
     lead me in a straight path
     because of my oppressors.
v.12   Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
     for false witnesses rise up against me,
     spouting malicious accusations.


v.13 As so often, when he prays, confidence arises


v.13  I remain confident of this:
     I will see the goodness of the Lord
     in the land of the living.

v.14 All that is left is to simply wait for the Lord in complete confidence


v.14  Wait for the Lord;
     be strong and take heart
     and wait for the Lord



[Additional Thoughts: The confidence in the first part seems born out of testimony in the same way David originally testified to Saul – 1 Sam 17:34-37 – God will keep him in the face of enemies. However that doesn't stop him praying for the Lord's help    [v.7.9-12]. We may be confident in God but that confidence should never mean we become casual but always remember the Lord is our saviour and deliverer. Again and again in the heart of this psalm David speaks of the wonder of dwelling in God's presence in the Tabernacle [v.4-6] for this is where he feels most secure.]



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