Thursday, January 4th, 2018
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.,” Jer 17:7
Psalms 27 reflects an imagery of battle being portrayed in several of its verses. Words like enemies, foes, host and war speak of warfare being waged against David. It appears as though David was engaged in an adverse situation but yet having tremendous amount of hope in God in the midst of the battles.
As believers in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection, hope becomes a powerful thing to us. There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great and no tonic so powerful. Hope from the world’s view point is just a wish or a desire. However, the Bible teaches a vastly different definition of hope.
It teaches us that hope is “a deep settled confidence that God will keep His promises.”
Now, I know at NCCkl, we do encounter battles at times but do we have hope? Are we resting in the sure confidence that God will do just as He has promised He would do? Through Ps 27 verses 1-6, I would show from the words of David, why we have a reason to hope in the Lord, where our hope comes from and what hope overcomes our battles in the Lord.
- Our Confidence In The Lord Provides Hope Ps 27:1-3
David begins his psalms of hope by declaring his personal faith in the Lord. Notice the three fold use of the word ‘my’ in verse 1. David has a personal relationship with God. This is the basic foundation for hope. Confidence in the person of the Lord enables David to declare that God is his light, salvation and strength. These three great characteristics of God serve to give us hope even in the midst of battle. Knowing of Who our Lord is removes any fear that should arise against us. Satan himself is no match for our sovereign God. In verse 2-3, David declares his confidence in the providence of the Lord. David declares that his present hope rest upon that which the Lord has done for him in the past. God did not fail him then and He will not fail His child today.
- Our Commitment To The Lord Provides Hope Ps 27:4
Not only does living with our faith give us hope but also living faithful to the Lord provides a measure of hope that cannot otherwise exist. David mentioned three goals in verse 4. These three goals all arise from a single commitment to serve the Lord faithfully from a heart of love. Firstly, David is committed to lingering near the Lord. He wants to spend his entire life in the house of the Lord. He wants to be in that place where the Lord dwells and where the Lord’s presence is real. Secondly, he is committed to loving the Lord. David wants to behold the beauty of the Lord. He wants to seek God’s face. We see, not only is David committed to being where the Lord is but he is also committed to worshipping the Lord. Thirdly, David is committed to leaning on the Lord. David expresses his desire to call upon the Lord to commune with God. David here declares his utter dependence upon the Lord for the necessities of life. David looks beyond his own abilities and sees the limitless provisions of the Lord. Our commitment to God provides hope in the day of our battles. As we linger near God, love Him for Who He is and lean on Him, we can have the absolute confidence that God will see to our needs and the things that will cause us to worry.
- Our Comfort In The Lord Provides Hope Ps 27:5-6
God has a sheltered place for us. David tells us that the Lord will hide him in God’s pavilion. Those who are fortunate enough to be allowed to enter the king’s pavilion will be protected by the soldiers during the battle. As the battle of life rage about us, we are safely tucked away in our King’s pavilion. Could there be a safer place in all the universe? Of course not! Those who have entered God’s pavilion are protected by Him and even while the battle rage around them, they are clothed with the peace and joy of the King Himself. This is a promise to those who will abide in God’s secret place. No enemy can penetrate the defences and enter God’s secret place. The assurance of God’s sheltering place allows us to weather the storms of life with hope. There is a place we can flee to during the battle that rage around us. A place that affords us quiet, peace and the profound presence of God. Those who have learned to abide in God have been to that place and know the glory of it. David has the assurance that even when life threatens to overflow him, the Lord will set him on a rock, a place that is unchangeable, powerful and immovable. Of course, this rock refers to none other the Lord Jesus Christ.