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SIH’s Think On These Things: Psalms 27:12

SIH TOTT ICONPsalms 27:

[A Psalm] of David. 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?When the wicked, [even] mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this [will] I [be] confident.
One [thing] have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; 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 enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.
Hear, O LORD, [when] I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.[When thou saidst], Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
Hide not thy face [far] from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.
Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.[I had fainted], unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

 

As we will see in our series, King David addresses many of the same issues that each and every one of us faces when we are in the midst of the most difficult, fearful situations of life. May the Lord honor this study in His Word, by granting to us the truths of this Psalm and their practical application to our life.

 

EXPOSITION:

 

In our text for today, David now continues his prayer, coming before the Lord with his requests…

 

Psa 27:12 KJV
Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

 

 

Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies:
Another way to describe David’s request of the Lord is …“Do not hand me over to the selfish desires of my enemies”

In this request we can learn at least two different principles:
First of all, David recognized that the Lord was the One with the ultimate control of his life.
He was under the Lord’s control and, therefore, the only way David would become a victim to his enemies would be it his Lord allowed it to be so (the Lord “delivering” him to his enemies).

 

Secondly, David recognized that his enemies desires were based upon selfishness. The Hebrew word translated “will” describes the natural, carnal will of man that is greedy, selfish, and demands satiation.
This selfish will of fallen man is in direct opposition to the will of His Lord who, due to His great love for us, He only works for our benefit and His glory.
If we put these two truths together, David could rest assured that, if he fell into the hands of his enemies, His Lord would have to allow it to take place for David’s benefit.
 

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward [man] is renewed day by day.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding [and] eternal weight of glory;While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen [are] temporal; but the things which are not seen [are] eternal.(2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
 
 
for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

David describes his enemies in two different ways:
First of all, David describes them as “false witnesses”.
In other words, they were men who lied about David’s deeds and motivations. David loved the Lord and sought to serve Him with his life, but was pictured as an evildoer who was motivated by selfish interests.
Secondly, David describes them as “such as breathe out cruelty”
This description teaches us that the enemies of David were cruel by nature, naturally being hateful, unforgiving and abusive to all that were around them.

 

Can you imagine what these people were like? They were mean people motivated by selfishness. Their only concern was themselves and would go to any lengths to secure benefits for themselves.
Probably all of us have run across people that were similar to these people. However, the enemies in David’s day were thirsting for his blood, desiring to take his life. For us today, normally, those who are abusive around us will not desire nor attempt to kill us.

 

 

APPLICATION:
What can we learn about dealing with the fearful times of life from this devotional?
Well, first of all we need to always remember that, if we are one of the Lord’s, we can rest assured we are secure in His hands.
No one can take our salvation from us, nor can they remove us from His sovereign control in all areas of our lives. Because of this we can rest assured that NO evil will befall us unless it is for our good and His glory.
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave [them] me, is greater than all; and no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Father’s hand. (John 10:28-29)

 
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.”   (Romans 8:28)

 

Secondly, those who would oppose us and wish us harm are, in actuality, helping us to remember how blessed we are as the people of God.
The slight discomfort we might feel when we are being opposed by others is a small taste of what it would be like if the Lord we served a selfish tyrant. However, thanks be to our Lord, we serve a gracious, loving, kind, and merciful Lord that only desires the best for His people… and brings the best to pass everyday of our lives. What a wonderful Lord we serve!
When we think of these things, it helps us to realize that we do not have things as bad as we may sometimes think!

 

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In The Midst Of Our Trials, Are We Concerned About Following God’s Path?

SIH HALTAL ICONPsa 27:11 KJV
“Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.”

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3Gw

SIH’s Think On These Things: Psalms 27:11

SIH TOTT ICONPsalms 27:

[A Psalm] of David. 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?When the wicked, [even] mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this [will] I [be] confident.

One [thing] have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; 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 enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

Hear, O LORD, [when] I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.[When thou saidst], Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

Hide not thy face [far] from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.

Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.[I had fainted], unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

 

As we will see in our series, King David addresses many of the same issues that each and every one of us faces when we are in the midst of the most difficult, fearful situations of life. May the Lord honor this study in His Word, by granting to us the truths of this Psalm and their practical application to our life.

 

EXPOSITION:

 

In our text for today, David now continues his prayer coming before the Lord with his requests…

 

Psa 27:11 KJV

“Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.”

 

“Teach me thy way, O LORD,

David now requests the Lord to “teach me thy way”. Please notice that David did not say” teach me the way to get out of this situation”, no, all he desired was to be shown the path the Lord would have him to take, whether it would end in removal from his situation, or cause him to remain in it.  All he wanted was to fulfill the Lord’s will for his life.

 

 

and lead me in a plain path,

David wanted the Lord to lead him on a path that was clear and straight. In other words, he wanted the Lord’s path to be easy to see and walk upon so that there was no chance of him accidently getting off the course the Lord had laid for his life.

 

Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips [shall be] right things.For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness [is] an abomination to my lips.

All the words of my mouth [are] in righteousness; [there is] nothing froward or perverse in them.They [are] all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge. (Proverbs 8:6-9)

 

 

 

because of mine enemies.”

David was very concerned about his testimony before others, especially his enemies. David’s desire was to be ble to easily follow the Lord’s path for his life so that he might not fall into temptation and fall into sin, giving his enemies a reason to accuse him and bring dishonor to David and the Lord that he served.

 

Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.Teach me to do thy will; for thou [art] my God: thy spirit [is] good; lead me into the land of uprightness. (Psalms 143:8-10)

 

 

APPLICATION:

 

One of the great burdens upon David’s heart during his time in the midst of the fearful events of his life, was the need to keep the Lord’s will and retain a good testimony in the eyes of others. David knew for this to happen, the Lord would have to intervene in his life, show him His will clearly, and enable him to fulfill that will.

 

When faced with the fearful times of life, may we all keep our attention fixed on the Lord and His will for our lives, seeking to honor and glorify Him in all that we do.

 

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We Can Trust In Our Lord… Even When Our Loved Ones Fail Us!

SIH HALTAL ICONPsa 27:10 KJV

When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3Go

SIH’s Think On These Things: Psalms 27:10

SIH TOTT ICONPsalms 27:

[A Psalm] of David. 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?When the wicked, [even] mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this [will] I [be] confident.

One [thing] have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; 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 enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

Hear, O LORD, [when] I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.[When thou saidst], Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

Hide not thy face [far] from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.

Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.[I had fainted], unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

 

As we will see in our series, King David addresses many of the same issues that each and every one of us faces when we are in the midst of the most difficult, fearful situations of life. May the Lord honor this study in His Word, by granting to us the truths of this Psalm and their practical application to our life.

 

EXPOSITION:

 

In our text for today, David now continues his prayer coming before the Lord with his requests…

 

Psa 27:10 KJV

When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.

 

 

 

When my father and my mother forsake me,

The relationship between a parent and a child should be one of the closest, loving relationships that can be found among mankind. After all, the Lord has given parents the responsibility to protect, train, discipline and support their children in every way possible, for the good of the child and the glory of the Lord.

 

During the course of David’s life, which included facing many difficult fearful times, he had learned that even his parents were unable, or unwilling to fulfill their responsibilities. The greater lesson to be learned from this statement is that the closest of allies can, and will, fail us…

Put not your trust in princes, [nor] in the son of man, in whom [there is] no help.His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. (Psalms 146:3-4)

 

 

then the LORD will take me up.

Keep in mind, the natural inclination of parents should be to come to the aid of their children and giving their all to protect, encourage and strengthen them. How much more does that hold true with our heavenly Father? The Lord, alone, is our perfect refuge in times of need…

 

 

I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, [and set me] in a large place. The LORD [is] on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see [my desire] upon them that hate me.[It is] better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.(Psalms 118:5-8)

 

“Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.” Psa 103:13 KJV

 

 

APPLICATION:

 

In this devotional for this morning, we can see that David understood the dangers inherent in trusting in mankind during the fearful times of our lives. Because of the fallen nature of man, we can never fully trust them to always work for our good. Not so with our Lord. Our Lord alone will work perfectly on our behalf, loving us, caring for us, and protecting us, while we are yet in the midst of the storms of life.

 

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, [He is] my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, [and] from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth [shall be thy] shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; [nor] for the arrow [that] flieth by day;[Nor] for the pestilence [that] walketh in darkness; [nor] for the destruction [that] wasteth at noonday.A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; [but] it shall not come nigh thee.

Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.(Psalms 91:1-8)

 

May we always look to our Lord in times of great distress and upheaval, knowing that He, alone, is our certain refuge in the storm.

 

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The Great And Mighty Things Of Our Lord…

SIH HALTAL ICONMoreover the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah the second time, while he was yet shut up in the court of the prison, saying,  Thus saith the LORD the maker thereof, the LORD that formed it, to establish it; the LORD [is] his name;  Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.  (Jeremiah 33:1-3)

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3HH

Call Unto Me

SIH STSTA ICONJeremiah, who spoke out of a heart of obedience to the Lord and love for the nation of Judah, prophesied of their coming defeat at the hands of Babylon. The King of Judah, Zedekiah, seeing that the prophecy was coming to pass, imprisoned Jeremiah, blaming him for Judah’s coming defeat. (Jeremiah 32:1-5).

Our lesson (Jeremiah 33:1-3) now picks up with Jeremiah sitting in prison being given words of comfort from the Lord…

 

THE SCRIPTURES:

1) Moreover the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah the second time, while he was yet shut up in the court of the prison, saying,
2) Thus saith the LORD the maker thereof, the LORD that formed it, to establish it; the LORD [is] his name;
3) Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
(Jeremiah 33:1-3)

 

THE STUDY:

The Lord’s introductory message to the imprisoned prophet Jeremiah….

 

Moreover the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah the second time, while he was yet shut up in the court of the prison, saying,

The Lord is speaking to Jeremiah for a second time while he was imprisoned by Zedekiah.

He had originally received a message from the Lord telling him of Judah’s defeat (Jeremiah 32:3-5). It was this original message for which he was imprisoned by the King of Judah, Zedekiah (Jeremiah 32:1-2).

Following his imprisonment, the first message he received is found in 32:26-44. In this message, the Lord reaffirmed his initial prophecy of the coming defeat of Judah by Babylon (32:26-35), and also gives Jeremiah a promise of a future deliverance of Judah from the 70-year Babylon captivity (32:36-44).

Can you imagine what Jeremiah must have been thinking? I believe, because he was a fallen sinful human, like all of us, he was probably plagued with doubt concerning this miracle deliverance would take place.

It was an easy thing to believe that Judah would fall to the invading Babylonian empire. After all, at that point in history, Babylon had the greatest army on the face of the planet earth. The Babylonian empire had already taken over many of the most powerful nations of the day and was now surrounding Judah ready for “the kill”.

However, the second part of this God-given promise was very different indeed. How difficult it must have been for Jeremiah to believe that Judah would ever be freed from their captivity. How could a small, impoverished and soon-to-be-imprisoned Judah ever be able to overcome the great and mighty forces of the Babylonian word empire? It would take an absolute miracle from the Lord.

Thus, the Lord now gives Jeremiah the second “prison prophecy” to reaffirm to Jeremiah the certainty of the release of Judah from Babyon…

 

Thus saith the LORD

The Lord now speaks to Jeremiah…

 

the maker thereof, the LORD that formed it, to establish it;

Jeremiah is now reminded that ….
1. The Lord was the One that created both the nation of Judah and the Babylonian Empire
2. The Lord that shaped both nations to conform to the desires of His will
3. The Lord that has intervened to sustain both Judah and Babylon

In other words, He was reminding Jeremiah that both Judah and Babylon only existed because of His intervention. Without Him, neither would exist nor possess their might and authority. He was clearly explaining to Jeremiah that He was the One who has humbled Judah and He could exalt them once again. Likewise He was the One that had allowed Babylon to become the world empire of the day and He would be the One that would bring them down to defeat.

 

the LORD [is] his name;

The Lord now emphasizes that it is JEHOVAH that can make a legitimate claim to all of this. No false gods could claim such awesome power and authority over the kingdoms of the world. Only the One True God…. Jehovah could make such an assertion.

 

Call unto me,

The Lord now invites Jeremiah and the nation of Judah to “call unto me”. The word translated “call” is a Hebrew word that carries two separated, yet related ideas:

1. it is speaking of issuing “a public invitation” or “to cry out to me”

2. it is used to describe addressing someone personally.

In other words, to “call” is telling Jeremiah to “cry out to me by name” seeking forgiveness and deliverance from their captivity. The Lord is emphasizing Jeremiah’s and Judah’s privilege of communion with Him as well as the need to seek out His aid personally. It was not enough for them to seek the aid of another god…. No, his request had to be made to Jehovah only.   Because it was Jehovah, alone, that was the Creator, Shaper and Sustainer of the nations.

 

and I will answer thee,

The Lord promises to Jeremiah and Judah that He will answer them. The word for answer is very interesting indeed. It implies that the Lord will pay attention, consider and respond to his cry. They would not be ignored nor would they be forgotten. Their prayer would be heard and the Lord would act.

 

and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

Not only does Jehovah promise to hear, consider and respond to Jeremiah’s and Judah’s request, but He promises His response would be “eye opening” for them. If Jeremiah and the people of Judah would approach the Lord with requests for deliverance from captivity and forgiveness of sin, the Lord would answer them by performing that which seemed impossible.

What are some of those miraculous, eye-opening things that they would see?
1. The specific events surrounding the deliverance of Judah from Babylon.
2. His forgiveness for their hard hearts and repeated acts of rebellion against Him.
3. The national and personal blessings that would be bestowed upon them following their forgiveness and deliverance.

Following this wonderful promise of answered prayer, the Lord then reiterates to Jeremiah that Judah would miraculously be delivered from Babylonian captivity, restored to the land of Israel and forgiven of their sins. (Jeremiah 33:4-8)

Why would the Lord do all of these miraculous works for Judah? So that He might receive all the honor and praise…

And it (Judah) shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and an honour before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the good that I do unto them: and they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure unto it.(Jeremiah 33:9)

 

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks these same principles that we see being applied to the physical nation of Israel, applies to each one of God’s people as members of His spiritual nation (the Israel of God).

Are you facing a seemingly impossible situation that is directly linked to disobedience to your Heavenly Father? As you read these words and the many other Bible texts that reveal the Lord’s love and readiness to forgive do you shrink back in unbelief?

Folks, the Lord has made it plain to us that nothing can separate us from His love, He is always waiting to forgive us, restore communion with us and bless us abundantly no matter what situation we may be facing.

What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us?
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? [It is] God that justifieth.
Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 8:31-39)

These verses help us to understand that when a saint falls into unrepentant sin, this does not mean that he has lost his salvation, it is a matter of his close relationship with His Lord being hindered. Think of it this way…

When a child disobeys His parents it does not mean that he will be “kicked out” of the family?

No, it results in hindered communion with his parents… he knows he has disobeyed and his conscience plagues him concerning his disobedience. His parents are displeased with his disobedience and his will full rebellion against them and they will discipline him for his disobedience….but they DO NOT REMOVE HIM FROM THE FAMILY. They still love him, work for his good and long for forgiveness and restored communion with him.

 

This is how it is with our heavenly family as well. There can be hindered communion with the Father and the Son but, although we will be disciplined, we will never be cast from His presence…

And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected [us], and we gave [them] reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
For they verily for a few days chastened [us] after their own pleasure; but he for [our] profit, that [we] might be partakers of his holiness.
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
(Hebrews 12:5-13)

It is only through confession of our sins and a turning from those sins that we will find unhindered communion and a restoration of peace in our hearts.

Turn to the Lord and allow Him to bless with forgiveness and a restoration of fellowship with Him. Allow Him to open your eyes to His miraculous love, faithfulness and mercy. He will once again restore peace to our hearts and a confident recognition of His presence in our life as you face the many storms of life.

 

May the Lord bless you as you seek His truth.

 

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During Fearful Times Our Greatest Need Is Christ’s Presence In Our Lives.

SIH HALTAL ICONPsa 27:9 KJV
Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3Gi

SIH’s Think On These Things: Psalms 27:9

SIH TOTT ICONPsalms 27:

[A Psalm] of David. 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?When the wicked, [even] mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this [will] I [be] confident.

One [thing] have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; 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 enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

Hear, O LORD, [when] I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.[When thou saidst], Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

Hide not thy face [far] from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.

Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.[I had fainted], unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

 

As we will see in our series, King David addresses many of the same issues that each and every one of us faces when we are in the midst of the most difficult, fearful situations of life. May the Lord honor this study in His Word, by granting to us the truths of this Psalm and their practical application to our life.

 

EXPOSITION:

 

In our text for today, David now continues his prayer by making more specific requests of Him…

 

Psa 27:9 KJV

Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

 

 

Hide not thy face far from me;
Request #4: The Lord to continue to reveal Himself to David.

David desired the Lord to reveal Himself to David during this time of fear. The more David could see the Lord’s greatness, wisdom, strength and glory in his life, the less scared he would be. Previously, David had asked the Lord to allow him to see the Lord at work in His life. Now David is asking the Lord to allow him to see His Person as an encouragement to David.

 

put not thy servant away in anger:
Request #5: The Lord to remain close to David, withholding His anger by forgiving him of is sin.

“Lord do not turn away from me in anger due to my sin”.  David is requesting the Lord’s forgiveness for any sin he has committed, thus assuring the Lord’s closeness in his time of need.

During the fearful times of our life, it is so important for us to know that we are forgiven, and eternally secure based upon the work of Christ on the cross. In doing so, we are assured of His never-ending love and presence in our lives…

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”   (Romans 8:35-39)

 

thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
Request #6: The Lord to not abandon or turn away from David

David recalls the many times the Lord had given him aid during times of trials or granted him deliverance from them.

David recognized his weaknesses during those trying times of life. But he also recognized the Lord’s ability to ALWAYS strengthen those areas of need. Now David asks the Lord to accompany him, realizing his great need of the Lord as he walked down this fearful path of life.

 

APPLICATION:

In our look at David’s requests to the Lord during the fearful times of life, we have seen David’s many requests…
#1: The Lord to “hear” his requests.
#2: The Lord’s mercy to be shown to David
#3: The Lord to answer the requests of David
#4: The Lord to reveal Himself to David.
#5: The Lord to withholding His anger by forgiving David’s sin.
#6: The Lord to not abandon or turn away from David

But it the midst of all these requests, David determined to desire, and then accept, the Lord’s will for his life.

 

Please note that all of the above requests, we can see David’s great desire for the Lord’s continuing presence and intervention in His life during this fearful time. David has yet to verbalize specific requests concerning the current situation he was facing.
This speaks volumes to us about what David considered his most important needs. His greatest need was not to be delivered from His enemies…. It was to be certain the Lord was with Him. His most fervent desires did not center on his assurance of deliverance from his trials, but his assurance of the Lord’s protective intervention in his life.
What a wonderful example and testimony David is leaving for us in this Psalm. To put it very simply, David is saying…. Our greatest need is life is not comfort nor an easing of our trials… it is Christ’s presence in our lives!
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence [is] fulness of joy; at thy right hand [there are] pleasures for evermore. (Psalms 16:11)

 

 

 

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Who Do We Run To In Times Of Need?

SIH HALTAL ICONPsalms 27:7
Hear, O LORD, [when] I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. [When thou saidst], Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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