Psalm 27: Wait for the Lord
By Wei Sheng
Focus on what should we do when we wait for the Lord
Wait definition: to stay in a place in expectation of something to happen or have to do
How many of us can wait for 30mins?
I myself can’t even wait for 5mins! End up pacing & doing things to distract myself from agony of waiting.
Either we are anxious or agitated.
God however does not want us to wait in anxiety.
“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?”
Psalm 27:1 NIV
When we have difficulties, what do we do when we face a problem? Google? Ask someone nearby? For David, the Lord is his 1st light & salvation.
Whom shall I fear? David has a high view of God – bigger than everything else (enemies, problems, etc)
Lord = stronghold; David’s security. What is ours? Money? Job? Loved ones? These are blessings from God. But for David, was none of these but God – David’s ultimate security.
“When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.”
Psalm 27:2 NIV
Very few of us today have mortal enemies but for David there were actual physical threats to his life.
“Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.”
Psalm 27:3 NIV
Not hyperbole. David really has full confidence in God. Even from when he was young facing Goliath.
“One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.”
Psalm 27:4 NIV
What if you can only ask one thing to God right now, what would you ask? Solve problem? Something causing you anxiety? But for David is to only me near with God. That is the ultimate blessing & security being near God.
Do we seek God like David did? He has confidence that if he is near God, he has nothing to worry about.
To gaze on the beauty of the Lord when we are besieged by problems is very difficult. This is what David wants & what David did.
How close are we with God? This reflects our relationship with Him.
“For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.”
Psalm 27:5 NIV
Not asking for God to solve His problem, but to be in His dwelling. How many of us can truly say “God will take care of me”, let it go & dwell in the Lord.
“Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.”
Psalm 27:6 NIV
The confidence David has with God. David is not just waiting indifferently but continually singing & seeking God. We must believe that God can not only solve our problems but lift us higher. With Him & in Him we will rise above our own fears & problems. He knows as a certainty that God will save him.
Attitude of not just waiting but to seek Him & desire to be with Him
David was not prideful but knows that he is a sinner. God is willing to listen to us because He is merciful.
“Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Savior.”
Psalm 27:7-9 NIV
Sometimes we think because we have been walking right by God, we think we are ok with God & become like Pharisees having confidence not in God but own behavior.
Pray for God to answer & help us. Have we sinned without realising? Do we become discontent & draw away from God?
“Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.”
Psalm 27:10 NIV
Not saying our parents will forsake us, but that God loves us so much. Even more than humanly possible by our parents.
In life, we have good family members, friends, etc. But all of us make mistakes & will fail others. Only God is perfect.
“Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.”
Psalm 27:11 NIV
David seeking not only God’s help but wanting to walk with the Lord. If we are not walking in His way, we cannot see His plan & purpose. Ask God to help us to walk in His way.
When we are under pressure or treated unfairly by others, we tend to do things that hurt ourselves & displease God. Instead, we need to seek more & more of God.
“Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations.”
Psalm 27:12 NIV
David knows that God has control over all. Everything that happens is with God’s permission.
“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
Psalm 27:13-14 NIV
In times of darkness, how much confidence do you have in God?
David was able to stay in one place waiting expectantly.
When we face difficulties & feel agitated let’s see how David waited in Psalms 27. It is not so much for something to happen but for God to fill us. Let us seek God in confidence of God’s greatness & goodness.