Key Verse: “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen [your] heart.” (Psalm 27:14)
1 Light, space, zest—
So, with him on my side I’m fearless,
afraid of no one and nothing.
Reflection: (Psalm 27:1)
Fear is a dark shadow that envelops us and ultimately imprisons us within ourselves.
Everyone has been a prisoner of fear at one time or another – fear of rejection, misunderstanding, uncertainty, sickness, or even death.
But we can conquer fear by trusting in the Lord, who brings salvation.
If we want to dispel the darkness of fear, let us remember with the psalm writer that “the Lord is my light and my salvation.”
2 When vandal hordes ride down
ready to eat me alive,
Those bullies and toughs
fall flat on their faces.
3 When besieged,
I’m calm as a baby.
When all hell breaks loose,
I’m collected and cool.
4 I’m asking God for one thing,
only one thing:
To live with him in his house
my whole life long.
I’ll contemplate his beauty;
I’ll study at his feet.
Reflection: (Psalm 27:4)
By the “house of the Lord” and “His temple,” David could be referring to the tabernacle in Gibeon, to the sanctuary he had built to house the Ark of the Covenant or to the temple that his son Solomon was to build.
David probably had the Temple in mind because he made many of the plans for it (1 Chronicles 22).
David may also have used the word Temple to refer to the presence of the Lord.
Davids greatest desire was to live in God’s presence each day of his life.
Sadly, this is not the greatest desire of many who claim to be believers.
What do you most desire?
Do you look forward to being in the presence of the Lord?
5 That’s the only quiet, secure place
in a noisy world,
The perfect getaway,
far from the buzz of traffic.
6 God holds me head and shoulders
above all who try to pull me down.
I’m headed for his place to offer anthems
that will raise the roof!
Already I’m singing God-songs;
I’m making music to God.
7-9 Listen, God, I’m calling at the top of my lungs:
“Be good to me! Answer me!”
When my heart whispered, “Seek God,”
my whole being replied,
“I’m seeking him!”
Don’t hide from me now!
We often run to God when we experience difficulties.
But David sought God’s guiding presence every day.
When troubles came his way, he was already in God’s presence and prepared to handle any test.
Believers can call to God for help at any time, but how shortsighted to call on God only when troubles come.
Many of our problems could be avoided or handled far more easily by seeking God’s help and direction beforehand.
9-10 You’ve always been right there for me;
don’t turn your back on me now.
Don’t throw me out, don’t abandon me;
you’ve always kept the door open.
My father and mother walked out and left me,
but God took me in.
Reflection: (Psalm 27:10)
Many have had the sad experience of being abandoned by father or mother.
Broken homes, differences of belief, addiction to drugs or alcohol, even psychological isolation can leave children crippled by this loss.
Even as adults, the pain may linger.
God can take that place in our life, fill that void, and heal that hurt.
He can direct us to those who may take the role of father or mother for us.
His love is sufficient for all our needs.
11-12 Point me down your highway, God;
direct me along a well-lighted street;
show my enemies whose side you’re on.
Don’t throw me to the dogs,
those liars who are out to get me,
filling the air with their threats.
13-14 I’m sure now I’ll see God’s goodness
in the exuberant earth.
Stay with God!
Take heart. Don’t quit.
I’ll say it again:
Stay with God.
Reflection: (Psalm 27:13)
The “land of the living” simply means “this life” or “while I am living.”
David was obviously going through a trial, but he was confident that in this present life, God would see him through it.
Reflection: (Psalm 27:14)
David knew from experience what it meant to wait for the Lord.
He had been anointed king at age 16 but didn’t become king until he was 30.
During the interim, he had been chased through the wilderness by jealous King Saul.
David had to wait on God for the fulfillment of His promise to reign.
Later, after becoming king, he was chased by his rebellious son Absalom.
Waiting for God is not easy.
Often it seems that He isn’t answering our prayers or doesn’t understand the urgency of our situation.
That kind of thinking implies that God is not in control or is not fair.
But God is worth waiting for.
Lamentations 3:24-26 calls us to hope in and wait for the Lord because often God uses times of waiting to refresh, renew, and teach us.
Make good use of your waiting times by discovering what God may be trying to teach you in them.