Summary: Exposition of Ps 27 regarding David's confidence in God, as well as his dependence on God
Text: Psalm 27:1-14, Title: Mixed Emotions, Date/Place: NRBC, 11/14/10, AM
A. Opening illustration: China 1984, Brother Yun had just been beaten, electrocuted, tortured, kicked, frozen, starved, and transported to the second prison of his first stent in the big house, and as he prepared for another interrogation and torture, he meditated on this psalm, so that he wouldn’t become a Judas! Mar 9:24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!"
B. Background to passage: all we know is that this is a psalm of David, no details about time and place or circumstances provided. But we do know that David experienced plenty of attack from his enemies. And so he does two things in this psalm as he cries out to the Lord.
C. Main thought: confidence and desperation intermingle beautifully in your prayers and walk with God
A. Steele-belted Confidence (v. 1-6)
1. David here, though under attack from enemies, says that God is his light and salvation (deliverance). And knowing this truth, he declares that there is no one to fear if God is on your side. Don’t know if he is reminding himself, his men, his family, or proclaiming/rejoicing in this truth. He says that because of the Lord, all his enemies have failed. Even if an army is surrounding him, his confidence was in God. He let this knowledge guide and guard his heart. And not only knowledge that brings confidence, but presence. David wanted to be where God was. The one thing that he said he wanted. He wanted to be in the temple, hidden close to Him in worship, enraptured by the beauty of the God of Israel. Notice the “for” in the first of v. 25. He knew that in God’s presence, he would stand on the rock regardless of the outcome. He wanted to feel the Spirit of God as he sang and offered sacrifices. With God he was head and shoulders…
2. Ps 18:10, 46:1, 56:2-4, 118:6, Rom 8:31, Jer 20:11, 2 Kings 6:17,
3. Illustration: this is the confidence that Luther faced the diet of Worms with, that Judson faced the rat infested prison in Burma, that John Huss faced burning at the stake after he dared to translated the word of God into the common language, that same confidence that has gotten millions of believers through cancer, death, divorce, sickness, starvation, betrayal, injustice, prejudice, oppression, murder, child molestation, the gallows, the drowning tank, the guillotine, etc. “I am inwardly fashioned for faith, not for fear. Fear is not my native land; faith is. I am so made that worry and anxiety are sand in the machinery of life; faith is the oil. I live better by faith and confidence than by fear, doubt and anxiety. In anxiety and worry, my being is gasping for breath--these are not my native air. But in faith and confidence, I breathe freely--these are my native air” “He’s still in the fire, and he’s walking in the flames…” Satan don’t start your party, don’t start your dance, laugh all you want to… Brainerd’s diary, p. 50,
4. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever! He is the one who makes the mountains melt like wax before His face. He is the one who no one can frustrate or restrain His hand. He is the one that holds the heart of kings (and every other individual) in His hand. We must let our theology permeate our hearts, and boldly, confidently proclaim truth over our fears, doubts, anxieties, worries, depressions, pains, problems, circumstances. You may have to preach to yourself, remind yourself, read it, memorize it, speak it, pray it, hear it, read it. You may have to resist the tempter, flee from him, bring your mind and heart into submission, taking thoughts captive. When you are hurting, if you want to recharge your batteries with fresh confidence in Him, WORSHIP GOD! He has promised to meet with his people, so don’t run from the church, but to her. Surround yourself with other people of faith and feed from God in them.
B. Heart-felt Desperation (v. 7-12)
1. So David shifts gears a little, and at the same time that he is declaring his confidence in the Lord, he pleads with God to do what he had already said he knew God would do. (Just a note by the way about prayer: God works according to His character, and we pray for Him to work according to His character, means of grace.) Don’t think about it as suddenly being overcome with doubt or fear, but simply the two things existing together at the same time. David, while confident an ever-present, fearless, sovereign God, feels absolutely dependent upon Him everything. So he makes 10 petitions of God in these verses, most of them dealing with the presence of God being with him. Because if God (the God described above) is there with him, he has nothing to fear. David’s confidence and dependence is not on self, power, riches, wisdom, other people, but in God alone.