Psalms 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.
In this part of our text, David explains one of the reasons why he so greatly desired a close walk with the Lord… Psalms 27:5 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.
David understood that the Lord was the only One that he could rely upon, with certainty, as a help during times fo great fearful trials of life.
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion:
David describes a fearful time of life as “the time of trouble” (the day of danger of harm). It was during those times that David could run to the Lord, who would protectively cover David in His den.
in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me;
David further describes the Lord’s protection as covering David in the hidden places of His tent.
he shall set me up upon a rock.
The Lord’s protection of David could also be pictured as the Lord holding David up over the tempest that raged beneath him. David said that the Lord would “set me up” (to lift up high using the hand or rod). In doing so, the Lord was placing David upon “a rock” (giving him firmness and stability). David understood the need to retain a close relationship to the One that would truly be there for him no matter what he may face in life. Although his family, friends and acquaintances would all eventually fail him, the Lord would never fail.
Always remember the promise the Lord gave to His physical chosen nation (the Israelites) and remember this same Lord will be faithful to His spiritually chosen nation (the Israel Of God) as well … “And the LORD, he [it is] that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)
Folks let us draw near to our Lord, and in doing so He will draw near to us as our Protector, Guide and Deliverer during the very difficult times of our lives. How are we to do this? We can do this by trusting in Him and His enabling grace to rid our lives of sin (through prayer and the application of His Word). And then submitting our cleansed being to His use for His honor and His glory! …
“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:22)
“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and [your] joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. (James 4:6-10)
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