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Psalms 27:1-14 begins with that song that we sang tonight.
The LORD is my light [or Jehovah is my light] and my salvation: whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? ( Psalms 27:1 )
As a child of God, I need not to be afraid, I need not fear, because the Lord is my light, He's my salvation, He is my strength. I will not fear what man might do to me. Because the Lord is watching over me; He keeps me. And He that keepeth Israel will neither slumber nor sleep, and the Lord keeps you.
When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though a host should encamp against me, my heart's not going to fear: though war should rise against me, in this I'm going to 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 inquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he will hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock ( Psalms 27:2-5 ).
I would like to make mention that, at this point, there is a lot of fear that is being cast into the church and into various congregation; the fear of war, the fear of tribulation, the fear of the church going through the Tribulation. And there is a lot of endeavor and a lot of energies being put forth now to prepare survival huts out in the desert someplace. And make sure you get the water in there. And they'll tell you just how to fix the water, and how much of the dehydrated food you should have, and the whole thing. So that when this holocaust comes, you can beat it out to your desert retreat and get down in the hole, and you can hide there in the ground for several months. And then you can emerge and you can have the whole thing to yourself. And a lot of fear concerning war and all is being propagated today. "The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? In the time of trouble He will hide me in His pavilion." I don't have to make a shelter out in the wilderness, you know, so many feet so that I can survive the radiation and all this kind of stuff. I tell you, I have no desire to emerge and look at the holocaust. If it's going to happen, I'd just assume be right in the epicenter. Just go for it.
And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore I will offer in his tabernacle the sacrifices of joy ( Psalms 27:6 );
Actually, in the New Testament we are told to offer unto the Lord the sacrifices of praise, even the fruit of our lips. We don't bring our wheat to the Lord and grind it into flour and bake little cakes and all for them to sacrifice unto the Lord any more. We don't bring animals. But we do still offer sacrifices, that is, the fruit of our lips. Not the fruit of the ground or the fruit of our flocks, but now the fruit of my lips, praises unto the Lord, accepting, pleasing sacrifices unto Him.
yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD. Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy, and answer me. When you said, Seek my face; my heart said to you, LORD, I will seek your face ( Psalms 27:6-8 ).
When God said, "Hey, seek My face," David said, "All right, Lord. I'll seek Your face."
Don't hide your face far from me; don't put your servant away in anger: you have been my help; don't leave me, 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 have 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 ( Psalms 27:9-13 ).
How many times I would have just given up in life if I did not believe the promises of God. If I didn't believe to see the Lord.
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the LORD ( Psalms 27:14 ).
Excellent Psalm. "
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Smith, Charles Ward. "Commentary on Psalms 27". "Smith's Bible Commentary". https://studylight.org/
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