Summary: This is another message from my efforts to preach through the Psalms.
THE LORD OF LIGHT AND SALVATION
TEXT: Psalm 27:1-14
Psalms 27:1-14 KJV A Psalm of David. 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 an 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 enquire 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 will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.  Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.  When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.  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.  When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.  Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.  Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.  I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.  Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
I. INTRODUCTION—PSALM 27
-The psalms are true to life because they are drawn from life, from the stuff that life is made out of. Things like hope and fear, love and hate, jubilation and frustration, faith and anxiety, joy and despair. One moment the songs roll from the soul of the worshipper and the next he is trapped in the quicksand of doubt.
-These men who wrote the psalms knew what it was like to be shouting one minute and the next shaking. They knew what it was like to have faith that thrilled and then have the nastiness of fear to threaten them.
-This particular psalm has been rolling around in my heart and soul for a couple of weeks now. You can have hope in all of the Word of God but this psalm seems to be one of those that is forever lasting.
-Some scholars link Psalms 26, 27, and 28 together since they mention the temple in some form. Those are easily found when you read down through those Psalms because they are focused on David who is seeking the Lord in His temple.
• Psalms 25-29—The foundation of the worshipper’s confidence in God.
• Psalms 30-34—The worshipper’s having salvation in his heart.
• Psalms 35-39—The worshipper’s necessity of personal holiness.
-You can see the pattern: Confidence in God for the work of His salvation brings about a responsibility that we have to live godly and reverent lives that honor the Lord.
-Some of the psalms can be pinpointed to a particular event in the life of David but there is not a certain time that this particular psalm can be identified in his life. But we can be certain that David was facing some of his enemies and he was crying out to the Lord for help and relief.
II. PSALM 27—THE LORD OF LIGHT AND SALVATION
-I am using an outline given by James Montgomery Boice in his fine commentary on the Psalms. I trust that this outline will help to solidify this Psalm in your mind and heart.
A. The Soul’s Confidence—Psalm 27:1-3
Psalms 27:1-3 KJV A Psalm of David. 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 an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.