We turn our
attention this week to a new ripe field of grain in Psalm 27. Many
believe that David wrote this during the times of I Samuel, Chapter
22. It was here that Doeg the Edomite saw the priest Ahmelech aid
and comfort David. Saul commands Doeg to fall on the priest and
kill him. David hides his mother and father in the land of Moab and
flees in fear for his own life.
In Psalm 27 there is
a great contrast between faith and fear. Oh, how they can often be
together even in the same sentence of ones prayer.
Let us draw our
attention to verses 1-6 where David gives great truths that uplift
our faith. The text says, 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 a host should encamp against me, my heart
shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be
confident. 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 I will offer in his tabernacle sacrifices
of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.
David shares in
verses 1-3 some Delightful Thoughts. In verse 1 he gives
us three descriptive pictures of our LORD. I call them Three
Hallowed Thoughts. The word LORD is in all caps. This
indicates the word Jehovah. He is the great I AM.
He is not the one who was or who will be but the one who always is.
David says He is the light. How in a time of fear it is
usually dark or shades of darkness. The LORD is the light and
dispels all darkness. He is salvation. This word means
deliverance into liberty. How often, fear causes a confining and a
cramping situation. David says, He is the strength of my life.
The word strength has the idea of a fortified place of
defense. David doesnt tell us that the LORD gives light,
salvation, and strength, but that He is these things. David said
that these are his personal possessions when he uses the word my.
Hosea said a threefold cord is not easily broken. No wonder David
asked the question of the present, whom shall I fear? He
looks in the future and asks, of whom shall I be afraid?
In verse 2 David
shares some Humbling Thoughts. He speaks of the wicked
or his enemies. Let us desire the hatred of the wicked
more than their love. He says they have come like cannibals to eat
up his flesh. Oh, what a humbling thought when David says, they
stumble and fall. When they come to arrest our LORD the
mention of His name I AM causes them to do a back flip.
In verse 3 David
shares a Hopeful Thought. David has his thoughts rooted in
victory. He is not going to fear, he is confident of
victory. He tells us in verses 4-6 what it is that gives him this
I have entitled
verses 4-6 A Desired Tabernacle. David says he has desired
one thing of the LORD. Let us remember divided aims tend to
distraction, weakness, and disappointment. Mary, the sister of
Lazarus, and Martha were members of the one thing club.
Jesus said she found the one needed thing of sitting at His feet
most important. Paul was a member of the one thing group.
He said, This one thing I do forgetting that which is behind, I
press toward the mark. David says he is seeking or panting
after this one thing. His one thing was to dwell
in the house of the LORD forever and behold His beauty. The beauty
of the LORD, Isaiah said, was the holiness of the Lord. Davids
desire was to inquire of the LORD in His temple. The word,
inquire, means to gain a deeper insight of knowledge.
David tells us in
verse 5 that because of this desire for one thing the LORD
has hidden him in the secret place. He even sat him upon a
rock. When we were young we played King on the
Mountain. We would stand on a high place and others would try to
pull us down. Our King has set us up high and none of the fears of
this world can cause us to fall.
David says because
of this lofty place of faith he will offer in the tabernacle a sacrifice
of joy. (Vs. 6) He even breaks out in a song of praise to the
LORD. He does not do it at his house or in his banquet hall but in
the house of God. Giving him praise is the cure for all of
our fears. The next time we are afraid let us seek after Him and
break out in songs of praise and see what becomes of your fears.