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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 27

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The First Book of Psalms (c 1-41)
Message: David Expounds on God offering Help & Hope (v 1-14)

Psalms 27 Commentary

(27:1) Overcoming Fear - 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 our light and our salvation. 

(27:4) The House of the Lord - 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. David's 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? 

(27:7). David seeks God - 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 it is 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. 

(27:10) Being Forsaken  - Many have had the sad experience of being forsaken by their father or mother. This can happen because of broken homes, differences of belief, addictions to drugs or alcohol, or other factors, even if our experience is mainly one of psychological isolation. This abandonment often leaves children with emotional scars, and the pain may linger long into adulthood. However, God can take the place in our lives of anyone who has abandoned us, fill the void they left, and heal the hurt they caused. He can direct us to those who may take the role of father or mother for us. His love is sufficient to meet all our needs. 

(27:13) The Land of the Living - The "land of the living" simply means "this life" or "the time while I am still alive." David was obviously going through a trial, but he was confident that in this present life God would see him through it. 

(27:14) Waiting on the Lord - David knew from experience what it meant to wait on the Lord. He had been anointed king at age 16, but he didn't become king until he was 30. During the interim years, he had been chased through the wilderness by jealous King Saul. David had to wait on God for the fulfillment of his promise that David would reign. Later, after becoming king, he was chased by his rebellious son, Absalom. Waiting on God is not easy. Often he doesn't seem to be answering our prayers or understanding the urgency of our situations. 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; God often 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 do in you while you are in them.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Whom Shall I Fear?

Each day, we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 28. Today's text shows a theme of Prayer when surrounded by trouble or wickedness. God is our only real source of safety. Prayer is our key to a communing connection with the God who loves us and knows our hearts and motives. In making an application, we see that Prayer is a Priority in our lives. Yes, God knows us and our desires. Still, Prayer allows us to communicate with a Holy God - having a conversation that will enable us to gain instruction and guidance. Today, more than ever, we are surrounded by wickedness and the associated trouble. We need to pray and listen to be guided through this world. How about you? Do you pray? Do you pray without ceasing to gain instruction from the Lord? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that prayer is key to our communion relationship with God, allowing us to navigate through this world we live in. 


Psalm 27

Psalm 27

 1The 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?

 2When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

 3Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

 4One 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.

 5For 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.

 6And 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.

 7Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

 8When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

 9Hide 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.

 10When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.

 11Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.

 12Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

 13I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

 14Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.