Summary: The 16th century theologian Martin Luther once experience a long period of worry and despondency. One day his wife dressed in black mourning clothes...
The Rock—His Revelation.
Psalm 27:1-8, 14NKJV
A dear Christian lady was close to death when her minister came to visit her. He softy asked, “Sister, are you sinking?” She looked at him in disbelief and said nothing. Again he said, “Sister are you sinking?” She still could not believe that he would ask such a question. Summoning all her remaining strength, she raised her self up a little in her bed and said, “Sinking? Sinking?” “Did you ever know a person to sink through a rock?” And then she said, “If I had been standing on the sand I might sink; but, thank God, I am on the rock of ages, and there is no sinking there.”
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? 2 When the wicked came against me To eat up my flesh, My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell. 3 Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident. 4 One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: 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 inquire in His temple. 5 For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle
He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. 6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer me. 8 When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.” 14 Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!
It’s His revelation, that is needed. It’s His revelation, that’s all I need.
The Psalmist David knew what it meant to go through deep distress. Take a look at some of the dangers listed in Psalm 27: The wicked came upon him, a host was encamped against him, war was raging against David, and he was in the midst of great trouble.
Psalm 27, Is David’s poetic praise to God before he was anointed king. David served his Lord, Yahweh. He didn’t take his service for granted.
There’s only one object, however, from what I can tell, in all the history of the Bible, that God routinely attached his presence to—the Ark of the Covenant.
Yet David could say with great confidence, Vs. 5, “God will hide me in the shelter of his secret tent, and set me high upon a rock.”
“As a believer you may tremble on the Rock of Ages, but the Rock will never tremble under you!” P.H
The 16th century theologian Martin Luther once experience a long period of worry and despondency. One day his wife dressed in black mourning clothes.
Who has died? Asked Luther. God, said his wife. God! said Luther, horrified. “How can you say such a thing?” She replied, “I am only saying what you are living.”
Luther realized that he indeed was living as if God were no longer alive and watching over them with love. He changed his outlook from gloom to gratitude.
Psalm 27:1TPT Yahweh is my revelation-light and the source of my salvation. I fear no one! I’ll never turn back and run, for you, Yahweh, surround and protect me.
Edgewood Ave in Atlanta, is not a place for the worried and faint at heart.
John 1:5TPT And this Light never fails to shine through darkness—Light that darkness could not overcome!
This light—Jesus, illuminates with a powerful glow, every dark crevice and corner. P.H
Follow the light—the light shines before you, let the light lead you, keep your mind and eyes on Him. His light produces eternal life, Forgiveness, Love, plus no condemnation.
1 John 1:5TPT This is the life-giving message we heard him share and it’s still ringing in our ears. We now repeat his words to you: God is pure light. You will never find even a trace of darkness in him.
These words, life-giving message is related semantically to “to evangelize or preach the [life-giving] gospel.”
Psalm 27:2TPT When evil ones come to destroy me, they will be the ones who turn back.
Christians are drawn to the light, and in-return, others, meaning, even those who intended to do evil, will be touched by the power of God. They will be turned back.
Testimonies from those who heard the gospel in the past. Maybe a family member, or a friend, or quite possible, just a normal person passing by.