Daily Devotional Saturday 4th April 2020

by William Moody

Psalm 27

The Lord Is My Light and My Salvation

Of David.

27:1   The LORD is my light and my salvation;
    whom shall I fear?
  The LORD is the stronghold1 of my life;
    of whom shall I be afraid?
  When evildoers assail me
    to eat up my flesh,
  my adversaries and foes,
    it is they who stumble and fall.
  Though an army encamp against me,
    my heart shall not fear;
  though war arise against me,
    yet2 I will be confident.
  One thing have I asked 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 gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
    and to inquire3 in his temple.
  For he will hide me in his shelter
    in the day of trouble;
  he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
    he will lift me high upon a rock.
  And now my head shall be lifted up
    above my enemies all around me,
  and I will offer in his tent
    sacrifices with shouts of joy;
  I will sing and make melody to the LORD.
  Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud;
    be gracious to me and answer me!
  You have said, “Seek4 my face.”
  My heart says to you,
    “Your face, LORD, do I seek.”5
    Hide not your face from me.
  Turn not your servant away in anger,
    O you who have been my help.
  Cast me not off; forsake me not,
    O God of my salvation!
10   For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
    but the LORD will take me in.
11   Teach me your way, O LORD,
    and lead me on a level path
    because of my enemies.
12   Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
    for false witnesses have risen against me,
    and they breathe out violence.
13   I believe that I shall look6 upon the goodness of the LORD
    in the land of the living!
14   Wait for the LORD;
    be strong, and let your heart take courage;
    wait for the LORD!

Footnotes

[1] 27:1 Or refuge
[2] 27:3 Or in this
[3] 27:4 Or meditate
[4] 27:8 The command (seek) is addressed to more than one person
[5] 27:8 The meaning of the Hebrew verse is uncertain
[6] 27:13 Other Hebrew manuscripts Oh! Had I not believed that I would look

(ESV)

David faced great danger from King Saul and this Psalm helps us see how he coped. The Psalm begins with great statements of faith (v1-3). Even faced with a great army David is without fear.

What is the secret of this faith and how can we have similar faith?

David gives us the answer (v4-6). It is by dwelling in God’s presence and focusing on God’s beauty that enables David to grow in faith. As John Bunyan said, “Fear God ye saints and ye will have nothing else to fear.”

This knowledge of the Lord causes David to pray for him to know God’s face which is one of grace towards him (v7-9). David’s great concern is not living in favour of others (v10) but living in favour of the Lord (v11). David knows that the favour of the Lord and not of men will give him deliverance (v12).

David wants to encourage others to look to God (v13) and to wait upon God (v14) for to find strength and courage.

Are you growing in your knowledge and relationship with God? Pray about this and through God’s word seek a deepening faith and experience of God.

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