Summary: Exposition of Psalm 27. (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: email@example.com)
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 hide...do not turn...do 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.