Bible Reading: Psalm 27
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?
When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh,
My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident.
One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek:
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 meditate in His temple.
For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle;
In the secret place of His tent He will hide me;
He will lift me up on a rock.
And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.
Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice,
And be gracious to me and answer me.
When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You,
“Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.”
Do not hide Your face from me,
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not abandon me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation!
For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
But the LORD will take me up.
Teach me Your way, O LORD,
And lead me in a level path
Because of my foes.
Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries,
For false witnesses have risen against me,
And such as breathe out violence.
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD
In the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the LORD.
Is God enough? At the end of the day, if all you were left with is what you had with God would that be enough for you?
I want us to see in Psalm 27 that when God is our greatest love, and if knowing and pleasing Him is our highest pleasure, we will be transformed in both how we live (by faith) and how we pray.
David has many adversaries and enemies that opposed Him. He therefore speaks of stressful times and overwhelming circumstances. This is life. It is not easy, as we are faced with troubles, trials and adverse times. In this midst of David’s problems though we find Him deciding what is most important to him and that is His relationship to God. David loves knowing and pleasing God. It is the greatest delight to Him and it impacts his life and prayers.
David remembers the Lord; who He is (27.1). David sees the Lord as his saving light. He has delivered David from darkness. As a result, what shall I be afraid of? If the Lord is for Me who could be against Me (Romans 8.31-39)? The LORD is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread? The Lord is my defense and refuge. Why then should I fear anyone? As we walk with the Lord, we must daily remember who He is as we face the circumstances and stresses of the day.
David reflects on what the Lord has done in past experiences (27.2). David saw his enemies as ravenous beasts and God protected him against them and truly was his Defender. The Lord has been active in David’s life and David in his reflection recognizes that. David, as a result is resolved to stand trusting in the Lord no matter what comes his way (27.3).
For David the Lord is his priority, knowing the Lord is everything to Him (27.4). Knowing the Lord in mere head knowledge is not enough, but encountering His presence and walking in His presence is His heart’s greatest desire. There is nothing else that compares. David has a singlemindedness. It is this one thing that David prays for and seeks after and it is that “he may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of his life, and to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple”. David wants to know God and to live in His presence above anything else for all the days of His life. Though, David prays for other things, at the very least nothing is better than to know the presence of God (Psalm 63.1-3). This is the overall, encompassing goal of His life that impacts and marks his present day to day. For David he longed for the presence of the Lord whether in a cave, in the fields or wherever life had him. He longed to be nearer and nearer to the presence of God and to be focuses on God and worship Him.
Remembering the greatness of God and reigniting our love for Him helps us see rightly bringing God into the picture and it strengthens our faith and we can pray rightly. And not only that, but it causes me to worship, putting a joyful song in my heart and on my lips (27.5-6).
May the Lord truly be all that we need, as we trust Him through the ups and downs of life.
Weekly Memory Verse: The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread? Psalm 27.1