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Psalm 27: Be Brave and Courageous. Wait Patiently for the Lord

Easier said than done, right? We’re told to be brave and courageous and to wait patiently for the Lord. It really doesn’t matter what your particular situation is, what trial or trouble you’re currently going through. It’s still hard. Here’s a psalm of David that we can pray back to God to help get us through. Let’s dig in…

Psalm 27

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
    so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
    so why should I tremble?
When evil people come to devour me,
    when my enemies and foes attack me,
    they will stumble and fall.
Though a mighty army surrounds me,
    my heart will not be afraid.
Even if I am attacked,
    I will remain confident.

The one thing I ask of the Lord—
    the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
    delighting in the Lord’s perfections
    and meditating in his Temple.
For he will conceal me there when troubles come;
    he will hide me in his sanctuary.
    He will place me out of reach on a high rock.
Then I will hold my head high
    above my enemies who surround me.
At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy,
    singing and praising the Lord with music.

Hear me as I pray, O Lord.
    Be merciful and answer me!
My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
    And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”
Do not turn your back on me.
    Do not reject your servant in anger.
    You have always been my helper.
Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me,
    O God of my salvation!
10 Even if my father and mother abandon me,
    the Lord will hold me close.

11 Teach me how to live, O Lord.
    Lead me along the right path,
    for my enemies are waiting for me.
12 Do not let me fall into their hands.
    For they accuse me of things I’ve never done;
    with every breath they threaten me with violence.
13 Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness
    while I am here in the land of the living.

14 Wait patiently for the Lord.
    Be brave and courageous.
    Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

Psalm 27 NLT

Points to Ponder

Let’s take this apart verse by verse…

Don’t Be Afraid

In the first verse, David is stating his confidence in God. He refers to Him as his Light and His Salvation. Then, as if trying to convince himself, writes, “So why should I be afraid?” With God as your fortress, you are protected from danger. Therefore, you should not tremble, you should not fear, and, given that, you should not worry.

King David had plenty of cause to worry and be afraid. He admits it in verse 2-3. Yet, he “will remain confident” no matter what. (If you’d like to listen to the Adventures of King David in 2 Samuel, I’ve created a chapter-by-chapter playlist of the Bible Studies…)

Spending Time with Him

In verse 4 David states the most important thing in his life — the thing he seeks most — which should be our own desire. We should yearn to spend eternity with Jesus and delight in everything perfect that is His. In the NLT, the last phrase of verse 4 says “meditating” in His temple. I hate using the word “meditating” as it conjures up visions of sitting in the lotus position trying to empty my mind. The New King James Version (NKJV) use the word “inquire”. In Hebrew, that means “to dig or plow”. That’s what we must do — dig into God and His Word! That’s why I always end my introductory paragraphs with “let’s dig in”.

Meditating on God’s Word is the exact opposite of the Eastern Mysticism or emptying your mind. Here you are to fill your mind with God’s Word. Over and over again until it is engraved in your heart.

Be Confident

Verse 5 is a statement of confidence that God will hide him when troubles come. And troubles will come! Pastor Sandy Adams tells a story…

“A young pastor was traveling on foot over some of England’s most difficult countryside – near the Cheddar Gorge – when a storm struck. He found shelter under a rock overhang. There he penned a song. Augustus Toplady wrote these words, “Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee.” His song became a famous hymn. Here David writes similar words. His life was full of treacherous terrain. He faced many storms.”

Sandy Adams

That hymn is in a video at the bottom.

David then states that he will hold his head high above his enemies. He will not bow down to anyone but God. Later, he will go to the sanctuary to offer sacrifices joyfully, praising God. Incidentally, this was before the temple was built, so this was in a tent where the Ark of the Covenant was.

Next, David asks God to hear him as he prays and be merciful and answer him. We want answers to our prayers. However, sometimes it’s “yes”, “no” or “not yet” — which means wait.

I love the next line — verse 8. “My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me”. And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” Imagine that! God wants to talk to YOU! Do you feel that yearning in your heart? No? Then, invite Jesus in!

Do you ever feel that God has turned His back on you?

It is said that if you feel far from God, it’s YOU that moved. That’s the beauty of having a relationship with Jesus. He’s with you 24/7! Moreover, Him, being the God of your salvation, no matter what happens, He will hold you close!

Verse 11 is something we should pray every day. We should ask God how He wants us to live — for His guidance along the RIGHT path. Again, David asks for protection.

Where is the Lord’s Goodness?

Subsequently, he is confident that he will see the Lord’s goodness while he is still on earth. That’s a tough thing to find these days. Nonetheless, we can’t live in constant fear of what may happen! Jesus told us not to worry! Paul wrote…

Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Philippians 4:8 NLT

Be Brave and Courageous

Finally David ends with some great advice…

Wait patiently for the Lord.
    Be brave and courageous.
    Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

Psalm 27:14 NLT

Interestingly, he repeats the “wait patiently” part. Like he knows it’s one of toughest things to do. We see this advice many times in scripture…

“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9 NLT
Paul also wrote the same advice the church in Corinth…

Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.

1 Corinthians 16:13 NLT

The Gospel in Psalm 27

Our friends at Spoken Gospel sum it up nicely…

Waiting on the Lord takes courage, and Jesus was the most courageous person to ever live. Jesus waited more than 30 years until the presence of God fell on him like a dove at his baptism (Luke 3:22). He then waited on the Lord for an additional 40 days—in the presence of his enemy, Satan—before he began his ministry (Mark 1:12). And the rest of his life was marked by waiting on the Lord in prayer (Mark 1:35). 

Jesus saw God’s face unlike anyone before him (John 5:19). Yet tragedies that David was confident wouldn’t happen to people in God’s presence, still happened to Jesus. 

Jesus was turned over to the whims of his enemies and their false accusations (Psalm 27:12). Jesus was surrounded by evil men who wanted to devour him (Psalm 27:2). Jesus’ Father deserted him (Psalm 27:10). God turned his face away from him (Matthew 27:46, Psalm 27:9). And for a time, Jesus did not look on the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (Psalm 27:13). He waited in the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23:4). 

And it was there that God’s presence exalted him (Psalm 27:6). Jesus’ resurrection proves that waiting on God’s presence is never wasted time. Christians are waiting people, some of the last words in Scripture are words that encourage us to wait. Jesus says: “I am coming soon” (Revelation 22:20)! And when we wait for God’s presence like David, we join the story of Jesus on the cross. We wait in hope that God is coming to defeat our enemies with his light. He will save us with his resurrection life. 

Spoken Gospel

How to Pray Psalm 27

The idea is to put the psalm in your own words and pray them back to God. Here is my version…

Lord, You are my Light and my Salvation — I will not be afraid! Thank you for being my fortress and protecting from evil dangers. I will not tremble. I will remain confident no matter what happens.

My deepest desire is to spend eternity with you and digging deeper into your Word and Prophecies.

When troubles come, and I know they will, You will hide me in Your sanctuary. You are my Rock that I can hold on to in all circumstances. I will praise you with sacrifices and song.

Hear my prayer, Lord Jesus, be merciful and answer me! Thank you for being accessible to me 24/7. When I feel abandoned, I am never alone because You hold me close.

Teach me how to live and lead me on the right path.

I look and see Your goodness here in this world. Your Light shines above all the evil darkness.

I will wait patiently for You, Lord. With Your help, Holy Spirit, I will be brave and courageous as I wait. I pray this in Jesus mighty name, Amen.

Paraphrase on Psalm 27 by Giselle Aguiar

Is Jesus YOUR Light and YOUR Salvation?

Jesus didn’t suffer torture and die, carrying the weight of all our sins— God’s wrath — so we could have religion! He died so He could have a Personal Relationship with YOU!

Jesus knocking at the door of your heart.
Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart.
Isn’t it about time you let Him in?

Rock of Ages

Come What May

Soli Deo Gloria — To God Alone Be The Glory!

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