Psalm 27 - One Thing Have I Desired of the Lord
This psalm is about trusting in the Lord and experiencing Him in this life, the land of the living. This seems to have taken place while David still depended on his parents (v10
), probably while being pursued by King Saul.
I enjoy ad-libbing this song, for example, like drawing out the end of the 3rd line of verse 2, and singing the 4th line of the verse, real quick.
- The Lord does not just give me light and salvation. The Lord Himself is my light and my salvation. Because He is my light for me to see, and my salvation, I do not fear man.
The Lord is also the strength of my life for me to act.
- This is David's experience of trusting the Lord in the past.
- This is David's faith toward what may happen in the future.
I like to recite this verse when I am worried about something.
- "every day of my life" refers to this life. We can behold the Lord's beauty especially in the 4 gospels of the Lord's life on earth.
If we seek to dwell in the Lord's house every day of our life, then surely at least we must read the Bible itself every day.
To dwell in the Lord's house every day of our life, does not mean that we are in the Lord's presence all day long, but at least some part of every day, we spend before the Lord at rest.
Though David was in much trouble in this psalm, his one desire from the Lord was not deliverance from the worst trouble, but to dwell in the Lord's house every day. He also believed that he would see the Lord's good in this life (v13
- Lit. "For He shall hide me in a tent in the evil day; he hides me in a secret place of His tabernacle."
It doesn't seem that this verse should follow the previous. This verse starts with "for", giving the reason why I seek to dwell in the Lord's house every day. I seek the Lord in His house every day because I know that He will hide me there when the troublous times come, and they will come. The best way I can prepare for the coming troublous times is to spend time in His house every single day.
The house of the Lord and His temple in which I seek the Lord in v4 are permanent structures in the heavens. The tent and tabernacle in which He hides me in v5 are temporary structures on earth.
To be set up high is not good unless upon a solid foundation. The way David trusted in the Lord, refusing to repay Saul evil while Saul was trying to kill him, laid a foundation for the Lord to set David high inside a rock.
Now" means right now as I am praying my head is lifted up out of depression. Our head is lifted up now as we pray, not having to wait until later when the trouble is gone.
- The 1st 6 verses were David testifying to man. Now verses 7-9 are prayer:
- David's heart tells the LORD to seek out his face, similar to his heart will not fear in v2
. This means that these things are done without David having to will to do it, but his heart wants the Lord to seek out his face.
I translate this verse similar to Goldingay and Darby. This is the only way that makes sense and honors the text. The verb "seek" is imperative plural. God can take a plural verb because He is Triune, especially when He seeks man.
- We always need to be aware that the Lord could put us away in anger, especially after we have high experiences like those in this psalm. Some Christians think that this sober fear applies only to the Old Testament, but this is the thought of the New Testament as well. Paul was watchful lest after bringing others to the Lord, he himself would be cast away (1 Cor 9:27
). This is not for Paul to lose his eternal salvation, but to be put out from the Lord's service and to miss out on the coming millenial kingdom (Heb 4:1
). The church in Laodicea were servants of the Lord whom the Lord warned that He may put them away in anger (Rev 3:16
The Lord has said that He would never forsake us or leave us (Heb 13:6
). Why then does David pray for this if the Lord already promised it? In our suffering and need the Lord is always there, but in our pride, He may hide His face from us (Ps 30:6
- The words "take me up" are symbolic of the rapture. "Take up" is the same Hebrew word as "gather" in Ps 50:5
. The early rapture of the overcomers at the beginning of the great tribulation is also prefigured in 27:5
- A plain path is not complicated by rationalizations for self or others or to maintain an organization.
When David prayed this, he meant it. When someone claimed he killed King Saul and brought David Saul's crown expecting a reward, David killed the oportunist for killing the Lord's annointed (2 Sam 1:2-16
). After Saul's death, when there was a civil war between David and Saul's son, Ishbosheth, 2 of Ishbosheth's servants murdered Isbosheth and brought his head to David expecting a reward. David slew the murderers (2 Sam 4:5-12
). When Joab, David's heroic general, murdered Abner, Isbosheth's general, under the guise of peace, David was not strong enough to deal with Joab, but he did not let it go. When dying, he commanded his son, Solomon, to do justice to Joab for the murders he had done (1 Kings 2:5-6
- This is in this life, in the land of the living.
- Here the Lord helps those that help themselves. We wait on the Lord and be strong. Then He strengthens our heart, and we wait on the Lord.
-copyright Steve Miller 2010
Psalm 27 through David
The LORD is my light and my salvation.
Whom shall I fear in tribulation?
The LORD is the strength of my life, I sing.
Of whom shall I be in tremble-ing?
When wicked, my foes and enemies,
to eat my flesh, they came near to me,
themselves they stumbled, and hard did fall,
and the Lord my God saved me from them all.
Though an army should encamp against me,
my heart wonít fear from anxiety.
Though a war rise up against me to rent,
in this thing I will be confident:
have I desired of the LORD.
That I seek after based on His word.
That I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all days of my life for my reward.
3 To behold the LORDís marvelous beauty
and inquire in His temple daily,
for in troublous times, He shall then
in shelter of His tent secretly.
He will set me high within a rock.
And now shall my head be lifted up
o'er my enemies round about me.
Therefore will I offer praises to Thee.
4 I will offer in His tabernacle
sacrifices of joy to the full.
I will sing, and I will psalm to the Lord.
I call with my voice, O LORD.
And give grace to me, and answer me.
'Seek out my face', my heart said to Thee.
Thy presence, LORD, I in all things
Do not hide Your face from Your servant
5 Your servant put not away in anger.
Lord, You have always been my helper.
Depart from me not, and forsake not me,
O God of salvation unto me.
If my loving
Mom and trusted
leave me then the LORD will take me up.
Teach me Thy way, O LORD, and lead me
in a plain path, due to those watching me.
6 12 To my foes' desire do not give up me,
for witnesses testify falsely.
They have lifted up themselves against me,
also such as breathe out cruelty,
had I not believed, believed
good from the LORD in land of living.
Wait on the LORD, be strong and endure
He'll strengthen your heart, so wait on the LORD.
1 Corinthians 9:27
But I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest perhaps having preached to others, I myself may
become disapproved .
Hebrews 4:1 Let us fear therefore, lest, a promise being left of entering into His rest, any one of you may seem to
have come short of it.
Revelation 3:15 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 So, because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I am about to spew you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, I am wealthy and have become rich and have need of nothing, and do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined by fire that you may be rich, and white garments that you may be clothed and that the shame of your nakedness may not be manifested, and eyesalve to anoint your eyes that you may see. 19 As many as I love I rebuke and discipline; be zealous therefore and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, then I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me.
Let your way of life be without the love of money, being satisfied with the things which are at hand; for He Himself has said, ``I shall by no means give you up, neither by any means shall I abandon you''; 6 So that being of good courage, we say, ``The Lord is my Helper, and I will not fear. What shall man do to me?''
Psalm 30:6 And I, in my prosperity, I said
I shall never be moved.
7 LORD, by Your favor
You made my mountain to stand strong.
You hid Your face from me.
I was troubled.
He will call to the heavens from above and to the earth to judge His people.
5 Gather my saints together unto Me; those that have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.
2 Samuel 1:2-16
It came even to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul with his clothes rent, and earth upon his head: and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and did obeisance. 3 And David said unto him, From whence comest thou? And he said unto him, Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped. 4 And David said unto him, How went the matter? I pray thee, tell me. And he answered, That the people are fled from the battle, and many of the people also are fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also. 5 And David said unto the young man that told him, How knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan his son be dead? 6 And the young man that told him said, As I happened by chance upon mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear; and, lo, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him. 7 And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto me. And I answered, Here am I. 8 And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite. 9 He said unto me again, Stand, I pray thee, upon me, and slay me: for anguish is come upon me, because my life is yet whole in me. 10 So I stood upon him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after that he was fallen: and I took the crown that was upon his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them hither unto my lord.
11 Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men that were with him: 12 And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the LORD, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword. 13 And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art thou? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite. 14 And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the LORD'S anointed? 15 And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died. 16 And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the LORD'S anointed.
2 Samuel 4:5-12
And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and came about the heat of the day to the house of Ishbosheth, who lay on a bed at noon. 6 And they came thither into the midst of the house, as though they would have fetched wheat; and they smote him under the fifth rib: and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped. 7 For when they came into the house, he lay on his bed in his bedchamber, and they smote him, and slew him, and beheaded him, and took his head, and gat them away through the plain all night. 8 And they brought the head of Ishbosheth unto David to Hebron, and said to the king, Behold the head of Ishbosheth the son of Saul thine enemy, which sought thy life; and the LORD hath avenged my lord the king this day of Saul, and of his seed. 9 And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said unto them, As the LORD liveth, who hath redeemed my soul out of all adversity, 10 When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have brought good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, who thought that I would have given him a reward for his tidings: 11 How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his own house upon his bed? shall I not therefore now require his blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth? 12 And David commanded his young men, and they slew them, and cut off their hands and their feet, and hanged them up over the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ishbosheth, and buried it in the sepulchre of Abner in Hebron.
1 Kings 2:5-6
Moreover thou knowest also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, and what he did to the two captains of the hosts of Israel, unto Abner the son of Ner, and unto Amasa the son of Jether, whom he slew, and shed the blood of war in peace, and put the blood of war upon his girdle that was about his loins, and in his shoes that were on his feet. 6 Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar head go down to the grave in peace.
-copyright Steve Miller 2010