Summary: Exposition of Psalm 27. (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email:

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David’s Confidence (vs 1-6)

David’s Prayer (vs 7-12).

David waiting (vs 13-14).



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We all have fears:

• For some it is fear of ‘things’ i.e. spiders, the dark, heights etc.

• For others it is a different type of fear:

• i.e. Not fitting in

• i.e. Ill-health

• i.e. Debt or even bankruptcy

• i.e. Death

• i.e. Family issues

• i.e. Losing your job

• i.e. The future.

• i.e. We could easily make a long list.

• If we allow our fears to get a grip on us then we become its victim!

• And it can quite easily play a huge negative part in our lives.

Psalm 27 is designed to help us overcome those difficult times;

• When ‘fears’ comes into our lives:


• When we read Psalm 27 did you notice the contrast in the Psalm?

• There is a big difference between the start of the Psalm - verses 1-6;

• And the end of the Psalm - verses 7-14.

The first part of the Psalm is filled with praise, confidence, victory, and even singing.

• Praise (vs 1).

• “The LORD is my light and my salvation, The LORD is the stronghold of my life”

• The Psalmist starts by declaring three of God’s great characteristics.

• Confidence (vs 1):

• "Whom shall I fear? ...of whom shall I be afraid?”

• You can almost hear him saying; “Bring em on! The bigger they are the bigger they fall!”

• Victory (vs 2-3):

• His enemies will: “stumble & fall”

• Even if he is attacked by an army & is at war: “He will not fear” He is “Confident”

• Not because he has a great army but because he has a great God!

• Singing (vs 6b):

• “I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD.”

• This is one noisy individual!

• He is not hiding away scared but openly drawing attention to himself

• So the first part of the Psalm is filled with;

• Praise, confidence, victory, and even singing.

Note: The second part of the Psalm is very difficult:

• The second part of the Psalm is filled with needs, wants, desires and requests.

• Again just scan the Psalm and see the various expressions that David uses.

• Verse 7:

• “Hear my voice when I call, LORD; be merciful to me and answer me.”

• Verse 8:

• “Your face, LORD, I will seek.”

• Verse 9:

• “Do not not not reject me or forsake me...”

• Verse 11:

• “Teach me your way, LORD”;

So on first impressions the two halves of the Psalm appear to be very different:

• Yet, when you look a bit closer the two halves actually balance each other out;

• If we want to know praise, confidence, victory, and even singing in our lives.

• It will require regular times of prayer & petitions and waiting on God.

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