Last Updated on May 12, 2021 by Rayna
Blog post by: Rayna Piazza
This post contains affiliate links, meaning that I’ll make a commission if you purchase through my links, at no extra cost to you. As an Amazon Affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases. You can read the full disclosure here.
Today let’s look at Psalm 27: 1-6 in The Passion Translation. I’ll pick up with the rest of the chapter next week here. In these verses, David gives us a glimpse into his approach of how to face hardship with fearless faith despite pending circumstances.
It’s important to note that Psalm 27 is written by David before he was anointed king. If you’re familiar with his story, David was literally hunted by King Saul for years and years before actually becoming king himself. Imagine an army of people coming after you that are all completely focused on killing you. David’s circumstance was incredibly difficult. I’m sure David had to shift his focus from his circumstances to his God many many times. Fearless faith is a feat within itself. How can you cast out fear when an army is encroaching?
Check out how the chapter begins…
David’s Poetic Praise
Psalm 27 The Passion Translation (TPT)Psalm 27:1-3 The Passion Translation (TPT)
27 David’s poetic praise to God before he was anointed king
1 The Lord is my revelation-light to guide me along the way;
he’s the source of my salvation to defend me every day.
I fear no one!
I’ll never turn back and run from you, Lord;
surround and protect me.
2 When evil ones come to destroy me,
they will be the ones who turn back.
3 My heart will not be afraid even if an army rises to attack.
I know that you are there for me, so I will not be shaken.
Instead of focusing on his dire circumstances, Psalm 27 begins with David decreeing the truth. He refers to God as his revelation-light that guides him along the way. He says that God defends him every day and because of it he fears no one. In 1 John 1:5, it says, ‘God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.’ If there is no darkness at all in God then He has to be all good. If He’s all good, then He has to be trustworthy. Because David knows of God’s light, because he knows of His infallible goodness, David is declaring his trust in the One who sent him out on this journey in the first place. David can walk in fearless faith because he entirely trusts Father God with his life.
David goes on to say in verse 2 that when evil ones come to destroy him they will be the ones who turn back. Imagine having so much trust in God in your life right now, today, that you are certain when your fears surface they (as in those who cause your fear) will turn back. I like that! A girl can get behind this!! I mean, I can feel encouragement rising up in my heart as I read these scriptures. Seeing how David’s fearless faith is keeping him going makes me feel like I should change my perspective. David also goes on to say (in verse 3) that his heart will not be afraid even if an army does attack because he knows God is there for him. He decrees, ‘I WILL NOT BE SHAKEN.’ Wow!
Let’s take a step back and recap what is being said about fearless faith. First David says that the evil ones will be the ones to turn back. That’s bold! Then, he ups the bet and says but even if they do attack me I will not be shaken. Whoa! So, even as David is imagining his biggest fear happening, he’s entertaining the thought of being attacked by this encroaching army, his response is, ‘I WILL NOT BE SHAKEN.’ I want some of that!!
Here’s the one thing I crave from God,Psalm 27:4 TPT
the one thing I seek above all else:
I want the privilege of living with him every moment in his house,
finding the sweet loveliness of his face,
filled with awe, delighting in his glory and grace.
I want to live my life so close to him
that he takes pleasure in my every prayer.
Right after saying he will not be shaken in the midst of his greatest fear, David shifts his focus to the desires of his heart. He turns the conversation inward toward his true feelings. After all, if you do not feel fully loved in your heart of hearts how can you trust an invisible God? And, even more, how can you crave Him?
David explains how he craves the privilege of being with God day and night. He describes God’s face as sweet and lovely. He says he’s filled with awe of Father God delighting in His glory and grace. Have you ever thought of God that way? In my early years as a Christian, I most certainly did not. I used to think of God as an authoritative ruler; someone I had to please or He would kick me out of His club. Lovely and sweet would not have been how I would have described Him at all, but David does. And, this intrigues me.
In His Shelter
In his shelter in the day of trouble, that’s where you’ll find me,Psalm 27: 5-6, TPT
for he hides me there in his holiness.
He has smuggled me into his secret place,
where I’m kept safe and secure—
out of reach from all my enemies.
Triumphant now, I’ll bring him my offerings of praise,
singing and shouting with ecstatic joy!
Yes, listen and you can hear
the fanfare of my shouts of praise to the Lord!
David goes on to say that in his day of trouble (as in right now) that he can be found in God’s shelter because God hides him there, in His holiness. He says that God has smuggled him into His secret place. David is protected, out of reach from all his enemies in this secret place. David describes himself as triumphant in this place. Can you describe a time in your life when everything was against you and you felt triumphant?
The Secret Place
David challenges me in these passages of Psalm 27 to find God’s secret place within my heart. I once heard a phrase saying that the secret to joy is to keep seeking God where we doubt he is. Where do you doubt God is? Is He available when your deepest fear is pending? Is He there for you in a troubled relationship or in financial difficulties?
There’s a book by William Dupley called, The Secret Place. It has helped me tremendously in actually finding God’s secret place within my own heart. I highly recommend it if you’re interested in taking your journey deeper with Father God. You can buy the book here. I’ll tell you this…when you find the secret place with Father God, you’ll never want to leave. And, like David, you will crave the privilege of being with God day and night.
Did this blog post speak to your heart? I hope so! Sign up today to receive my emails featuring the latest from Seeking Him Today by going to our Stay In Touch page.