Summary: THOSE WHO SEEK GOD’S FACE CONFIDENTLY EXPECT DELIVERANCE
THOSE WHO SEEK GOD’S FACE CONFIDENTLY EXPECT DELIVERANCE
THE SECRET OF THE SEEKER -- How can he be so confident when the enemies are so
terrible and the goodness of the Lord is nowhere to be seen?
I. (:1-3) THE LORD IS THE ANSWER TO ALL MY FEARS (NO PANIC)
A. (:1) The Lord is the Source of My Confidence
1. My light and my salvation -- the Lord makes me tick -- my reason for living.
Whom shall I fear? -- No place for darkness or death
2. The defense of my life -- the Lord keeps me ticking
Whom shall I dread? -- No place for panic or dread
B. (:2-3) No enemy can rob me of my confidence
1. (:2) Evildoers = my adversaries and my enemies “When evildoers came upon me to devour my
flesh, my adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.”
2. (:3) Army waging war against me: They have no chance of succeeding against God
“Though a host encamps against me, my heart will not fear; though war arises against me, In
spite of this I shall be confident.”
II. (:4-6) THERE IS A DIRECT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SEEKING GOD’S
FACE AND CONFIDENTLY EXPECTING DELIVERANCE (GOD’S PERSPECTIVE)
A. (:4) The Lord is the Focus of My Seeking
1. The Concentrated Focus: concentrated prayer -- "One thing I have asked from the Lord"
Concentrated effort -- "that I shall seek”
2. The Defined Focus: Enjoyment of the Lord’s presence "that I may dwell in the house of the
Lord all the days of my life"
Meditation on the Lord’s person: "to behold the beauty of the Lord" "to meditate in His temple"
B. (:5) The Lord will Protect Me from Harm
1. The Stronghold of His tabernacle.
2. The Stronghold of His tent
3. The Stronghold of His cliff
C. (:6) Deliverance Prompts Sacrifices and Songs of Praise “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.”
III. (:7-10) SEEKING GOD’S FACE ENGAGES THE STRUGGLE OF FAITH
A. (:7) The Plea for Help “Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice, and be gracious to me and
B. (:8) The Pursuit of God’s Face “When Thou didst say, ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to Thee,
‘Thy face, O Lord, I shall seek.’
C. (:9-10) The Impossibility of Rejection “Do not hide Thy face from me, Do not turn Thy servant
away in anger; Thou hast 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.”
IV. (:11-12) SUBMITTING TO GOD’S DIRECTION IS ONE OF THE KEYS TO
DELIVERANCE (SECURE PATHWAY)
A. (:11a) The Submissive Seek God’s Teaching “Teach me Thy way, O Lord”
B. (:11b) The Submissive Seek God’s Guidance “And lead me in a level path, Because of my foes.”
C. (:12) The Submissive Can Expect God’s Deliverance “Do not deliver me over to the desire of
my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence.”