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“The Footsteps Are Not Known” (Psalm 77:19)

SIH STSTA ICONHave we ever doubted the Lord’s presence during the difficult times in our lives?

In the midst of troublesome times, have we ever asked “Why me?”

Have we ever experienced a devastating loss which caused us to question the Lord’s strength and sovereignty over all?

 

 

Most of us, if not all, have questioned the Lord in some of these ways at one time or another in our lives.

In our study for this morning, we will be looking at a very basic and comforting truth that is taught in God’s Word… Although we may not understand, or sense, His workings in our lives, we can still explicitly trust in Him!

 

THE SCRIPTURES:

Thy way [is] in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known. Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.    (Psalms 77:19-20)

 

 

 THE STUDY:

 In the background of our text, we find Asaph:
1. faced with a seemingly impossible dreadful situation (vs 1-3),
2. questioning the Lord and His purposes for his life (vs 4-9),
3. stopping to remember the Lord’s previous workings in his nation and personal life (vs 10-18),
4. coming to a very important conclusion in Psa 77:19-20 (our text)

Asaph comes to four basic conclusions based upon the Red Sea experience of the Israelites (Exodus 14:10-27) …

 

Conclusion #1 – Many times the Lord leads us into circumstances where great faith is required….

Thy way [is] in the sea,

Much like the Israelites who were led to the Red Sea, then by faith stepped out and traveled through the Sea with water surrounding them as a wall on both sides (Exodus 14:13-14)…

“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.”

Heb 4:14-16 KJV “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.   For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

 

Conclusion #2 – Many times the Lord leads us into circumstances where we must face trials like overwhelming floods…

and thy path in the great waters,

The Israelites, when they were pursued by the Egyptians, faced the power of the Red Sea in front of them and the power of the Egyptian Army behind (Exodus 14:9)…

But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon.”

Psa 69:1-2 KJV   “To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, A Psalm of David. Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.”

 

Conclusion #3 – Many times the Lord leads us into situations where we are unable to discern His workings nor His presence with us…

and thy footsteps are not known.

The Israelites did not understand the Lord’s workings nor did they recognize His presence and coming deliverance (Exodus 14:11-12)…

And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

Rom 11:33 KJV   “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable [are] his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

Job 5:8-9 KJV   “I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number:

 

Conclusion #4 –we can know BEYOND A DOUBT that the Lord is our Shepherd, therefore He will lead, feed and protect us…

 Although we may face very difficult trials in life that demand an exercise of faith…

Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

He has led us to this place, He will care for us during this trial, and He will protect us until we are delivered (Exo 14:21-31)…

And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen….

And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them…

But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore. And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses.”

Although we may not sense the presence of God in our life, nor ever fully understand the “whys”, “hows” and “what ifs” of the trials we face, as God’s people we can rest assured that we are not alone, we are safe in the hands of our wonderful Shepherd…

Psa 23:1,4 KJV “A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want… Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Job, another man of God that faced many very serious trials in life, came to the same basic conclusions as Asaph… Whenever we are facing the difficult trials in life, we can rest assured that The Lord is with us, protecting and caring for us and working for our good every step of the way…

[Touching] the Almighty, we cannot find him out: [he is] excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict. (Job 37:23)

May the Lord bless you as you continue to seek His truth.

 

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During The Difficult Times Of Life… Do We Wait On Him?

SIH HALTAL ICONPsalms 27:14 – Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Psalms 27:14

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 concludes his Psalm on dealing with the fearful times of our lives. Keep in mind that, so far, we have seen:

 

  1. David’s confidence in the Lord (vs 1-3)
  2. David’s desire of the Lord (vs 4-5)
  3. David’s praise of the Lord (vs 6)
  4. David’s request for God’s presence (vs 7-11)
  5. David’s request for deliverance from his enemies (vs 12)
  6. David’s motivation to persevere in the midst of his difficulties (vs 13)

 

Now, in this final section of the Psalm, David reaches out to each one of us with words of encouragement as we, too, face the fearful times of our lives.

 

David’s words of encouragement to others…

 

Psalms 27:14

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

 

David encourages us to do two things in times of hardship, opposition, and fear:

 

Wait on the LORD:

First of all, David instructs us to “wait on the Lord”.

 

The word “wait” comes to us from a Hebrew word that means “to collect hopefully” or “to gather together expectantly”.

 

The idea David is expressing to us is the need to collect:

1. our needs

2. truths about His person and work

3. His promises to us.

 

Then, based upon this “collection”, wait for Him expectantly.

 

In other words, when we understand who He is and what He can do for us, then we become aware of His great promises of care, protection and enablement that He gives to us, we can confidently expect our needs to be met.

 

be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart:

Secondly, David encourages us to “be of good courage”. This can only be done if we are waiting upon Him.

 

In other words, because we are expecting the Lord to intervene on our behalf, then we can take control of our fears and put them aside.

 

There is nothing to fear, He will step in and meet our every need. Perhaps this will be by taking the situation from us, or perhaps, it will be by standing with us in the midst of the trial. In either case, we can boldly face the fearful times, knowing He is with us.

 

wait, I say, on the LORD.

David in summary, emphasizes the need to “Wait on the Lord”

 

 

APPLICATION:

 

Folks may we always learn to wait upon the Lord in times of trials. In doing so, we are submitting to His will for our lives, allowing Him to intervene without our interference, and standing boldly against our opposition through His gracious enablement.

 

A Song of degrees. Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.

Behold, as the eyes of servants [look] unto the hand of their masters, [and] as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes [wait] upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us. (Psalms 123:1-2)

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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.”

 

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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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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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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.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Psalms 27:7-8

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:

 

David now begins to bring his requests before the Lord…

Psalms 27:7-8

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.

 

 

The first appeal to the Lord that is made is for the Lord’s gracious acceptance of the requests he is about to make…

 

Hear, O LORD, [when] I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

Request #1: David now asks the Lord to “hear” his requests.

The idea of “hear” involves not only perceiving his requests but placing His attention upon them. It is one thing to hear a request, it is another thing to really pay attention to it, consider it, and act accordingly upon it.

David understood he did not deserve for the Lord to hear nor actively consider his requests. The Lord owed him nothing. And yet, David also understood the Lord’s love, mercy and grace. He knew that the Lord, as a loving heavenly Father, would accept his requests and act in his best interest.

David’s requests would be in the form of a “cry”.  In the Hebrew language the word translated “cry” means “to address by name”. In other words, as David presented his appeals to the Lord, he would be crying out to God by His name (Jehovah, Deliverer, Merciful One, Defender, Almighty, etc etc). He would be recognizing who He was and what He has done for His people.

 

have mercy also upon me, 

Request #2: The Lord’s mercy to be shown to David

Now we see that David asks the Lord to show him His mercy. David understands that he does not deserve for his requests to be granted. That is why he asks the Lord to intervene in his life by His mercy.

What does mercy mean?  The most basic definition of “mercy” throughout both Old and New Testaments is the idea of withholding something harmful to those who deserve to be harmed. The greatest example of this is the Lord withholding the Lake of Fire to each one of us (as sinners who deserve to be punished eternally).

So too, is this case. David is saying that, because he is a sinner by nature and choice, he deserves to live in a fallen world that is filled with trials, difficulties, sorrows and fears. The Lord could very justly allow David to face these evils unaided and without any divine intervention. His only option is to plead for the mercy of the Lord to intervene in this situation and come to his aid and defense.

 

and answer me.

Request #3: The Lord to answer the requests of David

David asks that the Lord might intervene in such a way that David can perceive the workings of the Lord in his midst. We all know what it feels like to come before the Lord with our requests and not sense His presence and intervention in our situation. We feel as if we are all alone and He has left us.

Although every Christian, by faith, understands that the Lord will never leave nor forsake us, and He ALWAYS answers our prayers, we still desire to sense the Lord is at work in our lives during troublesome times. This is what David is requesting of the Lord.

 

[When thou saidst], Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

David’s declaration of submission to His will.

David, as he brings his requests to the Lord, he verbally proclaims the submissive spirit that lies within him. He simply explains that he is acting according to the revealed will of God for his life. The Lord has told us in His Word to seek His face and that is what David is attempting to do.

May we all be in submission to His will as we bring our requests before Him. May we all be able to say to the Lord “not my will but thine be done” just as Christ set the example for us at Gethsemane.

 

APPLICATION:

As David begins to bring his requests before the Lord, he takes the time to humbly ask His Lord to hear his requests, show him His mercy, and to reveal himself to the Lord. As he approached the Lord he retained a spirit of submission to the Lord’s will and a willing to do whatever the Lord may desire for His life.

May we all make sure that our attitude aligns itself with that of King David as we bring our requests before our loving, merciful Lord.

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