A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation—
so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble?
2 When evil people come to devour me,
when my enemies and foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.
3 Though a mighty army surrounds me,
my heart will not be afraid.
Even if I am attacked,
I will remain confident.
4 The one thing I ask of the Lord—
the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
delighting in the Lord’s perfections
and meditating in his Temple.
5 For he will conceal me there when troubles come;
he will hide me in his sanctuary.
He will place me out of reach on a high rock.
6 Then I will hold my head high
above my enemies who surround me.
At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy,
singing and praising the Lord with music.
7 Hear me as I pray, O Lord.
Be merciful and answer me!
8 My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”
9 Do not turn your back on me.
Do not reject your servant in anger.
You have always been my helper.
Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me,
O God of my salvation!
10 Even if my father and mother abandon me,
the Lord will hold me close.
11 Teach me how to live, O Lord.
Lead me along the right path,
for my enemies are waiting for me.
12 Do not let me fall into their hands.
For they accuse me of things I’ve never done;
with every breath they threaten me with violence.
13 Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness
while I am here in the land of the living.
14 Wait patiently for the Lord.
Be brave and courageous.
Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
A few months ago (shortly before Covid 19 became a thing), I wrote the following insights from Psalm 27 into my journal. Stumbling across my words this morning, I found my heart reassured and comforted with God’s truth from the psalmist David. I just love how God encourages my heart time and time again with Scripture. May these words bring confidence to your heart in this season.
In verses 1-2, we find that fear is a very real thing! Satan (the enemy of our souls) desires for us to be afraid. Afraid of EVERYTHING! Fears come when we can’t see…see what’s ahead, see what’s happening, see how it’s all going to work out, see what God is up to, see an ending in sight! Fear wants to blind us. But I have the LORD as my light…and nothing is darkness to Him. John 1 reminds me that there is NO darkness in Him! He is light!
My HCSB study Bible says, “Light is parallel to salvation, which in this context refers to rescue from danger. Darkness represents danger, but light dispels darkness, eliminating the immediate danger. With God’s protection, there is no need to be afraid regardless of the danger.”
The Lord is my light and He is my salvation–He saves me and rescues me completely! I desperately need a Savior. The Lord is also my fortress, protecting me from danger. Does this mean that I won’t go through hard and scary and extremely dark, difficult circumstances? Danger in this sense? NO…I am promised that in this world I will have trials, troubles, and tribulation. (John 16) I believe this “protection from danger” refers to danger of my soul. My soul is ultimately safe in Him. Nothing can take my soul from the safety of Jesus. My soul is always kept safe and protected in Christ!
In verses 3-4, David did not fear but remained confident in his LORD! He chose not to give in to fear. David had many reasons to fear according to earthly standards…he definitely had alot going on. His life was being pursued by enemies. He was lonely. He was tired and exhausted. He was away from his family. However, David teaches us to trust Jesus, to not be afraid and to seek to live in the sanctuary of God (that inner place of soul rest). My soul can be at rest even when my circumstances are less than ideal.God is my confidence!
Verse 4 says, “The thing I seek most–is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD’s perfections and meditating in His temple.“
More than anything else, David desired the presence of the LORD. More than anything else, David was seeking to live daily with a soul at rest in Jesus. His body may have been in danger. But he longed for and sought after keeping his soul in the safe embrace of the LORD’s presence.
David delighted in the LORD’s perfections…not his own. He meditated on the glory and goodness of God. Psalm 26:8 says, “I love your sanctuary, LORD, the place where your glorious presence dwells.“
David wanted to be in the presence of the LORD daily. This was his highest pursuit! David knew that troubles would (and were) coming…verse 5. Yet, he also knew that he would find safety and hiding in the sanctuary (the presence) of God!
We are safe in the presence of God! My soul is safe and can rest (even though troubles are coming and all around me) when I’m living daily in the peace and presence of the LORD! The enemy can NOT get to my soul (verse 5)…I am out of reach! I am able to hold my head high (vs. 6) above my enemies who surround me (enemies will be there…that’s a given). But even in the midst of the enemies attacking and surrounding me, in the presence of God (His sanctuary), I am able to joyfully sing, sacrifice, and praise the LORD!
In verse 7, David is desiring and asking the LORD to be merciful and listen to his prayer. To answer him. God cares and listens to my prayers. He longs for His children to seek Him. To rest in Him. To come to Him.
Verse 8 – “My heart has heard you say,’Come and talk with me.'” God desires and asks me and you to “Come and talk with Him.” In the middle of trouble and enemies surrounding us, it’s easy to often run in many other directions rather than to the sanctuary of God. Why do I often run to friends, advice on Google, a family member, Facebook? Rather than running hard and fast and first into the presence of God?
The Lord says to us, “Come and talk with me.” He longs to be our place of safety and rest. He is the one who holds us close (v. 10) Even if we are abandoned by the ones who should never leave us–our parents. He is the ultimate Father!
Verse 8 tells us that David’s heart posture was one of surrender and humility. His heart responded, “LORD, I am coming.”
WOW! I want that same heart! I want to go quickly into the presence of the LORD. To run straight into a talk with the LORD! “Lord, I am coming.”
As David continues in this psalm, he reminds himself that the LORD has always been his helper. He reminds his heart of truth. He preaches to his own soul as he also begs God to not abandon him. Not to turn his back on him. David was vulnerable before the Lord. God delights in my vulnerability with Him.
In verses 11-12, he petitions God to show Him how to live, to lead him along the right path (because enemies are all around and waiting). I must be asking God daily to show me how to live! To lead me along the right path (I have enemies just waiting to destroy me. . . you do too.) We need the TRUTH of God to give us daily wisdom to live for Christ!
I love how David closes out this psalm in verses 13-14. “Yet I am confident I will see the LORD’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous.Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.”
David’s hope and confidence was in the LORD. He believed he would see and experience the LORD’s goodness in this life. What goodness was David referring to? Was it complete freedom from danger and pursuit of his enemies? Was it a life with no unpleasant circumstances?
I don’t believe so. I believe David was talking about experiencing the goodness of God’s presence. The closeness of an intimate relationship found only in the LORD. David’s experience of the LORD’s goodness was found in the presence of God.
I think often we believe the goodness of God can only be experienced and found in the good and easy circumstances of life. When life is going well, we say, “God’s been good to me.” Or we point to the tangible things as the “goodness” of God. Our visible blessings.
David says we must wait patiently for the LORD. I think he’s reminding our hearts to wait to see God’s goodness…what we may consider goodness and be looking for doesn’t show up quickly or easily. It takes having courage and being brave to pursue the intimacy and presence of the LORD (in the midst of troubles). We have to wait patiently for the LORD – because experiencing the deep intimacy and presence of Jesus is a process. It takes courage to wait patiently…to be brave in believing we will see the goodness of the LORD. Especially when the circumstances of life threaten to overtake us and fears rage within our hearts.
But ultimately we can be confident that you and I will see the LORD’s goodness–the goodness found in an intimate relationship with our LORD. The goodness found in the safety of our souls at rest in Jesus. The goodness found in the soul sanctuary He provides. Our confidence always remains in His care of our souls! My heart is confident only in CHRIST!