The Secret of Being Confident - Psalm 27

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Andrew Fountain
Date: 
Sun, 2014-12-14

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Psalm 27

  • Does anyone ever
  • lack confidence
  • lose heart
  • feel alone or vulnerable
  • David did, and this is what he wrote about it

Psalm 27

by David

  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.
     
  4. 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.
  5. For in the day of trouble he will 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.
  6. Then I will triumph
          over my enemies who surround me!
    I will offer sacrifices in his dwelling place with shouts of joy!
          I will sing and make music to the Lord!
     
  7. Hear me, O Lord, when I cry aloud!
          Be gracious to me and answer me!
  8. My heart tells me to seek your face,
          and I do seek your face, O Lord.
  9. 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!
  10. Even if my father and mother abandoned me,
          the Lord would take me in.
     
  11. Teach me your way of living, O Lord;
          lead me along a level path because of those who wait to ambush me!
  12. Do not turn me over to my enemies,
          for false witnesses who want to destroy me lie against me.
  13. Where would I be if I did not believe I would experience
          the Lord‘s favour in the land of the living?
  14. Rely on the Lord!
          Be strong and let your heart be confident!
    Rely on the Lord!

NET with some changes by amf.


Three parts to this Psalm

  1. The Principle
  2. The Plan
  3. Putting into Practice:
    • Prayer
    • Confidence

1. The Principle (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.
  1. “Whom shall I fear?”
    • a “rhetorical question” (what does that mean? —you already know the answer)
      • What is the answer?
    • Light is frequently used as an image for comfort
      • like walking at night through a dark alleyway in a dangerous part of town
      • you come out the other end into bright light and there is relief
    • walking down a mountain in pitch darkness with one flashlight between us
      • had to put it down to move a branch off the path
      • I immediately realized how stupid it was to have switched it off
      • eventually we fumbled around and found it again—what a relief
    • He is the “fortress of our lives”
      • a safe place to go when under attack. (Medieval castle as a refuge)
  2. The image is of predators
    • Even when they are friendly it is pretty scary: (youtube video)
      • Have you ever had powerful people who don’t like you and are very aggressive towards you?
    • Just as the lion is about to leap on you, it stumbles and falls over
  3. The picture builds up to a climax
    • Now it is a whole army camped around me
    • The threat level is rising higher and higher, but David is just at peace
    • What is the opposite to confidence? —fear

2. The Plan (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 will 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 will offer sacrifices in his dwelling place with shouts of joy!
          I will sing and make music to the Lord!
  • The plan is:
    • Keep close to the Lord
    • Then I will be safe in times of trouble
    • Finally give him all the praise!
  1. The one focus of David’s life
    • is to stay in God’s presence
    • The plan is that if he does that, he is in the safest place possible
  2. The plan is this
    • If you are really close to the biggest, most powerful person
    • Then you are totally safe
  3. He is really confident this plan is going to work (and we know it did)
    • But an important part is praise
    • it is actually part of the plan
      • because it completes the relationship
    • It means it is not about manipulation
      • but it is about enjoying the other person

3. Putting into Practice: Prayer (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.
  • He begins to pray earnestly to God.
    • Sometimes it seems like God is not listening (v9a)
      • Do you ever feel like that?
    • but he ends on an incredible note of confidence
      • It is father’s day today, and here is the best father

4. Putting into Practice: Confidence (v.11-14)

  1. Teach me your way of living, O Lord;
          lead me along a level 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 plan is:

  1. Believe he is your fortress
  2. Keep close to the Lord and you will be safe
  3. Finally give him all the praise!
  • Where would you be?
    • Do you rely on the Lord?
    • If so, follow David’s plan—to seek his presence
    • be like the little kitten!

Updated on 2014-12-07 by Andrew Fountain