From Fear to Confidence (Psalm 27)

—“Be strong and let your heart be confident!”

  • Andrew Fountain – Dec 10, 2017

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To examine the process David went through
so that we can learn how to go from fear to confidence.

Because all of us sometimes lack confidence,
lose heart, feel alone or vulnerable.

Four parts to Psalm 27

  1. Physical fear [1–3]
  2. Physical safety [4–6]
  3. Fear of aloneness & abandonment [7–10]
  4. Favour & confidence [11–14]

1. Physical fear (v.1–3)

  1. The LORD is my light and my deliverance!
          Whom shall I fear?
    The LORD is the fortress of my life!
          Of whom shall I be afraid?
  2. When evil men stalk me
          to devour my flesh,
    when my adversaries and enemies attack me,
          they stumble and fall.
  3. Though an army besiege me,
          My heart will not fear.
    Though war is rising against me,
          Even then I will be confident.

2. Physical safety (v.4–6)

  1. One thing I have asked of the LORD
          this is what I seek after!
    That I may live in the LORD’s house
          all the days of my life,
    So I can gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
          and focus on him in his temple.
  2. For in the day of trouble he’ll hide me in his own shelter
          he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
                he will lift me up onto a high rock.
  3. Then I will triumph over my enemies who surround me!
    I’ll offer sacrifices in his dwelling place with shouts of joy!
          I’ll sing and make music to the LORD!

The plan is:

  • Believe he is your fortress
  • Keep close to the Lord and you will be safe

Four parts to Psalm 27

  1. Physical fear [1–3]
  2. Physical safety [4–6]
  3. Fear of aloneness & abandonment [7–10]
  4. Favour & confidence [11–14]

3. Fear of aloneness & abandonment (v.7–10)

  1. Hear me, O LORD, when I cry aloud!
          Be gracious to me and answer me!
  2. My heart tells me to seek your face,
          and I do seek your face, O LORD.
  3. Do not hide your face from me!
          Do not push your servant away in anger!
                You have been my help!
    Do not forsake me or abandon me,
          O God of my salvation!
  4. Even if my father and mother abandoned me,
          the LORD would take me in.

Psalm 71

  1. For you give me confidence, O Lord;
          O LORD, I have trusted in you since I was young.
  2. I have leaned on you since birth;
          you pulled me from my mother’s womb.
          I praise you continually.

Psalm 71 cont’d

  1. Do not reject me in my old age!
          When my strength fails, do not abandon me!
  2. For my enemies talk about me;
          those waiting for a chance to kill me plot my demise.
  3. They say, “God has abandoned him.
          Run and seize him, for there is no one who will rescue him!”
  4. O God, do not remain far away from me!
          My God, hurry and help me!

Psalm 71 cont’d

  1. O God, you have taught me since I was young,
          and I am still declaring your amazing deeds.
  2. Even when I am old and gray,
          O God, do not abandon me,
          until I tell the next generation about your strength,

Psalm 139

  1. Certainly you made my mind and heart;
          you wove me together in my mother’s womb.
  2. I will give you thanks because your deeds are awesome and amazing.
          You knew me thoroughly;
  3. my bones were not hidden from you,
          when I was made in secret
          and sewed together in the depths of the earth.
  4. Your eyes saw me when I was inside the womb.
          All the days ordained for me
          were recorded in your scroll
          before one of them came into existence.
  5. How difficult it is for me to fathom your thoughts about me, O God!
          How vast is their sum total!

Isaiah 49

  1. Can a woman forget her baby who nurses at her breast?
          Can she withhold compassion from the child she has borne?
          Even if mothers were to forget,
          I could never forget you!
  2. Look, I have inscribed your name on my palms;
          your walls are constantly before me.

4. Favour & confidence [11–14]

  1. Teach me your way of living, O LORD;
          lead me along a straight path because of those
          who wait to ambush me!
  2. Do not turn me over to my enemies,
          for false witnesses who want to destroy me
          lie against me.
  3. Where would I be if I did not believe I would experience
          the LORD’s favour in the land of the living?
  4. Rely on the LORD!
          Be strong and let your heart be confident!
    Rely on the LORD!

The answer is:

  1. Believe he is your fortress
  2. Keep close to the Lord and you will be safe
  3. Know that he will never abandon you
  4. Finally give him all the praise!