Psalm 27 Commentary
The real value of Christianity is the future restoration of Eden life, back to the Garden of peace and tranquility. Yet the saint is very much aware of the interventions of the LORD on a daily basis. We experience a healthy dosage of generosity here and in real-time.
I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Verse 13
While the entire earth oozes with the goodness of the LORD, there remains a unique package of blessings for God’s children in the now.
David uses strong imagery: light, salvation, stronghold, and the temple. God said, “Let there be light.” The reference may be an all-important natural and physical element of creation. But when the LORD Jesus Christ says He is the light of this world, you begin to think there is more to what the life-supporting natural element stands for.
It is easier for us to appreciate David’s thoughts here as he appears to think of light as the antidote to darkness and the works of darkness. As a military term, the stronghold is like America’s demilitarized green zones. You cannot be any safer!
By the temple, David is referencing the unapproachability of the Most Holy Place. He wishes to take shelter there. He can then gaze at the beauty of the presence of the LORD. The physical Ark of the Convent is probably in David’s mind. In its heyday, the Ark was divinely protected by the LORD Himself. Only the High Priest ventured there once a year.
Salvation becomes the person of the LORD God.
It is generally thought by the Body of Christ that the mere presence of the LORD is in itself the solution. And why not? He is the light; therefore, no darkness. He is the perfectly designed demilitarized green zone. Impenetrable. And as the temple, help seekers can always be safe behind the shield of angelic protection.
Yet David still asks: Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me.
The LORD wants the saint to ask. Don’t remain silent. Ask.
The LORD Jesus has taught us to pray. Ask for your daily bread, daily. Ask for your protection, daily. Ask to be forgiven, daily. Ask to be delivered from the evil one; again daily. Let the LORD lead you to greener pastures, not into temptations.
The LORD really wants to forgive you but you must ask. Then you can pray like David: Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.
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