Meditations on the Psalms #53

Day 53

Psalm 27: Read here –

The world of experience is made up of mountains and valleys. V1 is a song of confidence and triumph because David was not in darkness or ultimate peril, because the LORD was his ‘light’ and ‘salvation.’ (Heb:deliverance from enemies). (v2) David knew something of what the Apostle Paul would write 1000yrs later in Eph6:10.

David used repetition to bring together parallel ideas: God was his (and our) ‘light,’ his ‘salvation,’ and his ‘strength,’ therefore there is no reason to ‘fear’ or ‘be afraid.’

Using the words from 1Sam17:44, V2 reminds us of how Goliath  ‘stumbled and fell.’ It also reminds me of our Lord in Gethsemane when those who came to take Him, stumbled and fell when His divinity flashed through His humanity.

In v4 The tone of the song suddenly changes from celebration to contemplation. David ransacked the Hebrew language for words to describe the house of the Lord. The experience of the goodness and greatness of God made David think about how wonderful it is to seek Him and to experience His presence. ‘The beauty of the Lord (Heb:Nolam) is a beauty that moves the beholder by its loveliness. This is revealed in the Tabernacle where God dwelt with His people.

The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God whom he calls his Father.

David’s life was filled with celebration (v6) and gratitude for all God had done. He would ‘sing praises to the LORD’ who blessed him with His presence and rescued him so often.

V7-10;The celebration of the first half of this Psalm might make us think that it was all easy for David. One might think that when trouble came there was no struggle, either with self or God. Yet David showed us that even he – the one who sought God with such passion – sometimes felt that God did not hear him immediately.

 In his disappointment he sought God all the more diligently and desperately. Even Jesus felt forsaken on the cross.

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