I am grateful for Psalm 27.The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
I’ve been memorizing it since February 2007.
Because it always helps me.
Wherever I am. Whatever the situation.
So no wonder I loved a whole book of meditations about it, A Shelter in the Time of Storm.
Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.
(1) Its shock value
If you’re in the middle of a storm, what do you pray for? Rescue? Relief? Me, too.
But what one thing did David ask in Psalm 27? Not for vengeance or protection or justice. But to “gaze upon the beauty of the Lord.”
(2) Its regularity
Life is full of ups and downs. David’s was, too. It’s reflected in this psalm, seesawing between intense praise and troubles; flashes of insight and flashes of confusion; appeals to act and appeals to wait.(3) Its focus on Christ
As Tripp says, “All of the fingers of this psalm point to Christ. Jesus came to earth, knowing the trouble he would face, but he was not afraid; he knew his Father would be his light and salvation. Jesus knew that his enemies would stumble and fall.”
(4) Its call to patient hope
It doesn’t promise that we’ll have no trouble. It doesn’t say live self-protectively to keep trouble away. It does say that “I believe I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” And “Wait for the LORD.” It gives us reason to hope because God’s faithfulness is sure.
Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me!
Tripp includes chapters of either poetry or prose. A single verse from Psalm 27 is highlighted in each chapter, in no particular order.
He concludes each chapter with two probing questions, such as “Be honest as you examine the way you live. What do you look to as your ‘solid rock’ (Psalm 27:5)? How would your living be different if Christ really were your ‘solid rock’?”
Whatever you need, Psalm 27 can help.
Because the Lord is in it. Seek him there.
Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!
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