8/7 – The Lord is My Light (Psalm 27)
Introduction — Here David declares his sure trust in the Lord to shine on him through the darkest of times. David shares his abiding confidence in the Lord to shield him during the most trying times. David fully trusts in the Lord. And since he trusts in the Lord, David has nothing to fear. He has nothing to dread. His sole focus is on the Lord. His primary request is to be near the Lord. He wants to behold the beauty of the Lord. By the grace of the Lord, David seeks the face of the Lord. David, in a recurring theme, asks the Lord to teach him and to lead him. David needs the Lord. David trusts the Lord, and he urges others to trust in the Lord. Wait. Be strong. Let your heart take courage. Yes, wait for the Lord. What about us? Do we trust the Lord? Do we eagerly hope in the Lord? Do we urge one another to trust in the Lord? Do we seek His face? Do we marvel at His grace? Do we walk in His ways? Do we cry out to Him? Do we fear no one but Him? Do we stand in awe of Him? Do we look only to Him? Is the Lord our defense? Is the Lord our rescue? Is the Lord our guide? Is the Lord our hope? Is the Lord our song? Is the Lord our light?
Because the Lord is our light, we can shine bright.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread? (1)
We shine with trust in the Lord.
3 Though a host encamp against me, my heart will not fear; though war arise against me, in spite of this I shall be confident.
Comments: David pictures an army surrounding him and a war raging against him. Yet, despite these dire outcomes, David says that he will (that he does) be confident. Why? He trusts in the Lord, who is his light, his salvation, and his defense. David’s mind and body are steady. David has nothing to fear, because he knows the Lord is near. He knows the Lord is mighty. He knows the Lord is able. He knows he can trust the Lord.
Questions: How about us? Do we head for the hills at the first sight of trouble? Do we bury our head in the sand and hope it goes away? Do we run from our problems or do we run to God? Do we go dim or do we shine bright? Do folks know and can folks see our trust in the Lord is sure?
Illustration: Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. ~ Psalm 26:1
Application: Do not flee from troubles. Instead, run to the Lord. This is your time to shine for His glory; so, shine with trust in Him.
We shine with joy for the Lord.
4 One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: 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 meditate in His temple. 5 For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle;
in the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock. 6 And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, and I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.
Comments: David’s sole focus in on the Lord. His chief request is to be near the Lord. He wants to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of his life. He wants to be near the Lord so he can see the Lord’s beauty, and consider the Lord’s majesty. Since his gaze is on the Lord, David is well aware that the Lord will protect him, lifting him above the fray. And once lifted, David will offer shouts of joy and songs of praise to the Lord. David will shine with joy for the Lord. Questions: How about us? Do we have such an intense focus on the Lord? Do have such an overwhelming passion to be near the Lord? Do we long to look upon the Lord’s beauty? Do we delight ourselves in Him? Do we trust Him, even in times of trouble, or especially in times of trouble? Do we believe He will lift us out of the mess? Do we promise to shout His praise? Do we pledge to sing His praise? Do we shine with joy for the Lord? Illustration: But let all who take refuge in You be glad, Let them ever sing for joy; and may You shelter them, that those who love Your name may exult in You. ~ Psalm 5:11
Application: Do not fixate on your problems. Instead, look to the Lord. This is your time to shine for His glory; so, shine with joy for Him.
We shine with courage from the Lord.
13 I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.
Comments: David freely shares his faith in the Lord. He believes that he will see the goodness of the Lord. He believes that the Lord hears and the Lord will answer. He believes the Lord is near. He believes the Lord is trustworthy. So, David waits. But this is not passive thumb twirling. David is eagerly, actively looking ahead to the Lord’s response. David hopes in the Lord. David receives strength and courage from the Lord. When enemies encamp, and when families flee, David remains steadfast in the Lord. He shows great strength. In the most trying moments of life, David shines with courage from the Lord. Questions: How about us? Do we share our faith in the Lord? Do we believe we will see the goodness of the Lord? Do we wait eagerly for the Lord to respond to our requests? Do we urge others to wait on the Lord? Do we direct others to be strong in the Lord? Do we shine with courage from the Lord? Illustration: These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. ~ John 16:33
Application: Do not fret about trials. Instead, wait for the Lord. This is your time to shine for His glory; so, shine with courage from the Lord.
Word Study for Psalm 27
1 light (or—light; daylight; dawn; sunshine; to become bright; guidance; health; life; enlighten; kindle)
1 fear (yare—to fear; be afraid; tremble; be in a state of feeling great distress; intimidate; frighten)
1 defense (maoz—protection; place of refuge; height; mountain; helmet)
1 dread (pahad—live in terror; deep anguish over impending danger; physical trembling and shaking)
3 confident (batah—to trust; to be confident; believe in a person to the point of reliance; set one’s hope in)
4 one thing (ehad—one; first; whole, that which is united; only; solitary)
4 dwell (yasab—live; stay; be settled; inhabit; sit; set camp)
4 behold (hazah—look; gaze observe; prefer; select)
4 beauty (noam—kindness; delightful; pleasantness; glory; favorable; splendorous)
7 be gracious (hanan—to favor; to have or show compassion; mercy; kindness; generous; gracious)
8 seek (baqas—to discover; find; seek for; search; investigate; diligent inquiry; longing desire)
9 hide (satar—conceal; keep secret; vanish; be absent; hide oneself)
9 abandon (natas—reject; desert; throw away; let go; scatter; send away; to leave fallow)
10 take up (asap—to gather; bring in; receive; harvest)
12 deliver over (natan—to give; hand down; allow; place; present)
14 wait (qawah—hope in; hope for; look forward with confidence; bind together; await)
14 be strong (hazaq—to tie fast; bind; strengthen; conquer; triumph; stick fast_
14 take courage (ames—be bold; be brave; be victorious; let grow; marshal force)
Application for Psalm 27
Let’s look to the Lord as our light.
Let’s fear nothing and no one except the Lord.
Let’s desire to be near the Lord.
Let’s gaze upon the beauty of the Lord.
Let’s be confident in the Lord.
Let’s cry out to the Lord.
Let’s sing praises to the Lord.
Let’s seek the Lord’s face.
Let’s ask the Lord to guide us.
Let’s wait upon the Lord.
Let’s be strong in the Lord.
Let’s be courageous because of the Lord.
Gospel Connections for Psalm 27
Jesus is Lord. He is our light and salvation. He is our defense. Those who are in Christ have nothing to fear. Their trust, their eager hope is in Him. Jesus is beautiful. He is kind. He is delightful. Jesus was lifted up on a cross, and He covers everyone who trusts in Him with His righteousness. Jesus hears their cries. Jesus turns to them. Jesus is gracious to them. Jesus was forsaken so that we would not be forsaken. Jesus was delivered to His enemies, so that He could deliver us from the enemies of sin and death. Jesus leads us. Jesus teaches us. Jesus delivers us. He gives hope. He gives strength. He gives courage. Jesus is our sure defense. Jesus is our rescue. Jesus is our light.
Thoughts and Quotes for Psalm 27
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. ~ Corrie ten Boom
Few delights can equal the mere presence of one whom we trust utterly. ~ George MacDonald
Men will trust in God no further than they know Him; and they cannot be in the exercise of faith in Him one ace further than they have a sight of His fullness and faithfulness in exercise. ~ Jonathan Edwards
Deep, contended joy comes from a place of complete security and confidence [in God] - even in the midst of trial.
~ Charles Swindoll
Either we are adrift in chaos or we are individuals, created, loved, upheld and placed purposefully, exactly where we are. Can you believe that? Can you trust God for that? ~ Elisabeth Elliot
There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.
~ John Calvin
Comparison is the death of joy. ~ Mark Twain
A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for. ~ William G.T. Shedd
Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid. ~ Frederick Buechner
Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don't have the strength. ~ Theodore Roosevelt
A man who is intimate with God is not intimidated by man. ~ Leonard Ravenhill
The consequences of choosing fear over faith: According to the (June 7, 2010), three men founded the hugely successful Apple computer company — Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ron Wayne. Wayne left the firm after only 12 days because he was afraid of losing money in a risky venture. His original 10 percent stake in the company would be worth more than $22 billion today — if he had held on to his investment. Now 76, he’s living off Social Security checks and earnings from stamp and coin sales.
~ retrieved from http://www.homileticsonline.com/ on August 2, 2016
The Lord is my light … my light and my salvation.
Living in a world filled with all kinds of artificial light, it’s hard to appreciate the full impact of light on the human soul. When fire was the only defense from the darkness, light was truly a salvation: driving away the wild animals of the night, exposing the dangers of the road, opening the world to heaven.
One of my stranger but more useful college classes was History of Horror films. … What I learned is that the fear is greatest before we see the horror. Fear mounts when you cannot see the danger. Once the monster is exposed we know the story will rush forward to a successful conclusion. I have found this is no less true when waiting for a diagnosis or word of a loved one, than it is of waiting to see Jaws break through the surface of the ocean. From this perspective, the God of light in a world of darkness is truly salvation. The God of light exposes and overcomes all that is hidden from us. We can walk on in trust.
~ Pat Ireland, “Challenge of faith,” , Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, March 1, 2010, cottonwoodfallspresbyterian.org.