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God's Perfect Love Casts Out Fear!
~ Psalm 27 ~ Spiritual Journey From The Beginning To The End Of The Psalm ~
This is a marvelously impressive Psalm that exudes David’s compassion in the Lord. His pious devotion is most compelling as he introspectively, transparently and candidly shares his allegiance to him. No doubt that David is comfortable in the presence of the Lord. This Psalm wonderfully and fervently attests to the indubitable, magnificent, sovereignty of the Lord. David once again captures our attention by boldly sharing his unwavering confidence. He steadfastly esteems the divine protection and grace he so values in the Lord. If you are ever in need to be inspired look no further. Having “HOPE” in the Lord can pacify and calm down your anxiety, ease your troubled mind and put to rest even your most deepest fears.
God is a God of Light!
The brilliance of His light can outshine and extinguish any darkness that attempts to surround us or hinder us. We on the other hand must exercise our faith by believing and implementing His Word within our lives. We must then take it a step further and step out on the faith He has instilled within us… Look beyond any hinderances. Sickness, rejection, betrayal, misunderstandings, traps, unhappiness, grief and death can all bring about fear. Fear wants to imprison us and keep us from being victorious. Fear is not of the Lord! Be cautious yes but not fearful... “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” John 14 This is why it is so important to know God’s Word. We can trust God in any and every situation. God ‘s promises to “never leave nor forsake us” is quite true!
This Psalm offers us tremendous hope in the Lord. When we stand firm on God’s Word and do not waiver from His principles, we can become confident in Him. If we lack wisdom, we can ask Him for it. What we practice becomes permanent. God’s Word is a sure "Solid Rock Foundation." It has an antidote to help ease any fear, anxiety or loneliness. As a matter of fact, you never have to fill alone once you truly have the Lord in your life! When we embrace His Word it ushers in security & significance into our soul. For His marvelous omnipresence is constant. God has given us a plethora of wonderful examples in His Word to encourage us as well as protect us. We learned from the Apostle Paul; “if GOD be for us, who can be against us.” David demonstrates his faith and trust in the Lord. He is so confident that he stores up and provides the necessary provisions for his beloved son Solomon to build a marvelous Temple to honor the Lord. David lives victoriously in the Lord!
God wants us as believers to be mindful of His presence with us daily. He has provided His Word as; “a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path!” Psalm 119.
Book of Praise Lesson Highlights
A Psalm of David
Theme: God offers Help for today and Hope for the future. Unwavering confidence in God is our antidote for fear and loneliness. As you draw close to the Lord you realize that you are never alone. We serve and Omnipresent God.
As we grow in the grace, knowledge, understanding and wisdom of the Word of God we begin to mature spiritually. Any doubts and fears we have can begin to become extinguished as we learn to trust God and step out on faith. The faith walk is not an easy walk! Yet, it truly is rewarding. We must learn to lean and depend on the Lord no matter how things look to others. The faith He has bestowed upon us sustain us. One must realistically expect the thorns and thistles of life that so often appear out of the blue. Just know that they are there to distract us from trusting God and try to get us off course. Stay on the Narrow Path! It's true God will “never leave nor forsake us!” But you must believe this in your heart! We on the other hand must learn to continually invite Him into the messiness that tries to creep into our lives. This is why we all need Christ Jesus as Savior & Lord!
Once we truly accept Him into our hearts, we are given His Comforter, His Holy Spirit! He is our precious internal Guide and Teacher to bring us to all Truth! “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!”
There is spiritual warfare going on all about us all over the world! The carnal mind is against God and His principles. It wants you to allow your doubts to overtake you. This can cause instability. Fear wants to envelope you and takes you away from truth. It wants you to doubt God and become paralyzed and cause you to instead live fearfully, have anxiety, doubt yourself and walk in darkness and bondage to sin. Sin is anything that separates us from God. This does not have to be. Keep your focus upon the Lord. One cannot comprehend this without looking through the spiritual lens of your mind’s eye.
Jesus Christ Himself tells us that “HE is the LIGHT of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness but have the LIGHT of life.” John 18. David was a man of war. He was known for the many victorious battles he won. As a young lad the Philistine army came against Israel in the valley of Elah. One of their champion giant warriors named Goliath taunted the armies of Israel for a long time. No one would come forward. Goliath was a huge fellow, towering over nine feet tall.
The Israelites were challenged and were terribly afraid. No one wanted to come up against Goliath. David was not at all afraid and he volunteered to fight him. He valiantly slew the giant Goliath by using one of the five smooth stones he had selected from a nearby brook. He hit him in the forehead, with his sling and he fell dead. David then actually cut off Goliath’s head! He eventually became the greatest Prophet King to ever rule Israel. David had no doubt that the Lord was with him. He triumphs in the Lord time and time again. This is why he said, “When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besieges me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.”
David loved the Lord and the tabernacle service. He was also a gifted psalmist! David knew the power of consecrated music to the Lord. It melodically proclaims a "Message in Song." He was also exuberantly passionate in boldly outwardly describing his love for the Lord! His deep spiritual connection with the Lord is evident here. “One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek HIM in HIS temple.”
There are one hundred and fifty (150) Psalms in the Bible. This 27th Psalm is reflective of the future coming of the Lord. Its theme denotes the coming of the Messiah. David is astutely versed in Scripture and is well aware of the presence of the Lord within his own life. History records that David was a rare breed, he had a pure heart! Here David exudes enormous confidence as he expresses his assurance in the Lord’s ability to protect him and keep him safe. David was a man of great courage! Any terror or apprehension was banished when he gave this marvelous sacrifice of praise! “For in the day of trouble HE will keep me safe in His dwelling; HE will hide me in the shelter of HIS tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies that surround me; at His tabernacle I will sacrifice with shouts of "JOY” I will sing and make music to the LORD.” THANK YOU, OUR SOVEREIGN HEAVENLY FATHER!!!
It is important that we spend personal time with the Lord in His Word regularly. Even in our most difficult trials and test we can remain at peace when we stay focused and trust God! This is how we build a strong intimate up close and personal relationship with Him. This is what helps us to better recognize the voice of the Lord over the noise of the world. The Word teaches us to “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and everything else will be added...” Matthew 6. No doubt that the many successes in King David’s life were due to his trust and love of the Lord! It is so important that we too, “Be still and know that I am GOD…” We will further address this in Psalm 46. Here David tells us, “Hear my voice when I call, O LORD; be merciful to me and answer me. My heart says of You, Seek His face! Your face, LORD, will I seek”
David was well aware that one must acquire patience to wait upon the Lord! God is not a genie that we can simple conger up to immediately answer our requests. God is God! He is the great “I AM!” The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. THANK YOU HALLLELLLUJAH!!! He is also the Father of us! Above Him is no other! David himself was anointed to be king at age the young age of sixteen (16). It was not until many years later and after much turmoil that he became king. He was actually thirty (30) years old before he became king. As king he was betrayed by some of his very own family... Spiritual warfare can and will come in many forms. Waiting on God is not always easy, but it truly is worth the wait! One must continually exercise patience and pray for spiritual discernment and guidance from above!
Having God in your life makes all the difference in the world.
Life has a way of presenting many challenges, this has been true throughout the ages. Adam and Eve took it upon themselves to disobey God. They then decided to invite adversity into life for mankind by doing so. We each have the choice to decide to invite God into our lives to help us walk in obedience! "Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you!" Having God in your life makes all the difference in the world. The difficult moments are there to make us stronger and to become resilient! Each challenge can serve to draw us closer to Him or cause us to respond in the flesh. It is His desire that we learn to lean and trust in Him! We too can walk victoriously!
Trials and challenges are or will be at some point a part of life. Whenever we do face trials God has an antidote as we go through them. The Book of James teaches us: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers/sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all…” James 1. This does not mean that we fake happiness. The point is that while we are going through our perspective and outlook will make a world of a difference. Tough times become time to learn and improve upon our coping skills. This is also when we can acquire more patience and a deeper trust in the Lord! Keep your focus upon the LORD!
We can learn invaluable life lessons as we sincerely embrace the Truth of God's Word. He in turn manifests and multiples the fruit of His Spirit within us! The true meaning of life is so much deeper than what we can see in the natural. Learn to, "be still & know!" As we read the Word of God it is important to keep in mind that it is indeed all true and relevant. It is a Spiritual Goldmine of wisdom designed to light our path as we travel through this journey of life! The Word of God is not outdated as the misinformed and or unbeliever's so often think; it is “alive!” It’s powerful! It takes the Holy Spirit to illuminate and unveil its vast immeasurable divine wealth of treasures! God does not want us to live in fear. God can and will in His time release us from people and situations that serve to hinder us… It is important to pray for discernment! For it is a marvelous "Gift from God." Truly Almighty Sovereign God can make a way out of no way! He is truly absolutely Awesome & Awewonderful!!! “Teach me Your way, O LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.”
Come what may; I know without doubt; GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF US/ YOU!"
This Psalm concludes saying: “I am 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!”
~ What a Friend ~
- ~ PSALM 1 ~ Spiritual Journey From The Beginning To The End Of The Psalm ~
The Spiritual Journey of the Psalm begins!
© 2013 Elder DeBorrah K Ogans
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on March 06, 2013:
Ruth Ferraz, Wow! That is so interesting because I have also gotten notices saying that an article I have written was duplicated and I know for sure that is not the case!
So I am not surprised. There have been many changes here on The Hub Pages that I am not sure about.
I will visit your blog... Feel free to visit and comment on my articles anytime! Peace & Blessings!
Ruth Ferraz from New Jersey on March 06, 2013:
Hi Deborrah K Ogans,
Thanks for your words dear!
I need to tell you some thing:
- unfortunately hubpages blocked my last hub about Eternal Life you have commented, saying that I have DUPLICATE and they have said: Repeatedly Submitting for publication or publishing Hubs that contain duplicate content will result in the banning of your account.
I wrote it from my heart! I did not copy! It is the third time this is happenning!
To avoid to be banned from HubPages I will stop to write here. I will just continue writting in my Blogs. You can read my posts direct in my blogs:
www.abundantelife.blogspot.com This last one is in portuguese, but you can use the "google translate" to help you.
I will come back to read your hubs!
Peace and Blessings!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on March 06, 2013:
Ruth Ferraz, You are so welcome! The Psalms are indeed marvelous!
It is so interesting that you also mention Colossians, is is another of one of my favorites! Truly we have so much to be Thankful for in the Lord!
Your visit has been uplifting my sister in the Lord! When we share our Love for the Lord it ignites our hearts ands puts us on one accord... Thank You Lord! & Praise God!
As you wonderfully say "It is Amazing. to receive the abundant and eternal life that Jesus gives daily..." YES LORD!
Thank you for stopping by to share, please do come again! in HIS Love, Grace, Mercy, Joy, Peace & Blessings! GOD BLESS YOU!
Ruth Ferraz from New Jersey on March 05, 2013:
Peace and Grace sister,
Thanks for sharing your understanding of Psalm 27. It is a beautiful faith King David had. It is so blessed that we can see his Words in Psalm!
Today I was reading in Colossians 3: "You have been raised to life with Christ, so set your hearts on the things that are in heaven, where Christ sits on his throne at the right side of God". It is amazing to receive the abundant and eternal Life that Jesus gives daily! Praise the Lord we can be so blessed also! Thank you Jesus!
May the Lord bless you always!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on February 13, 2013:
Cristina, Amen! & Thank You! This is indeed a wonderful Psalm. We can learn so many wonderful as well as painful lessons from King David. He candidly and openly shares his heart. We can learn from his mistakes as well as his plethora of marvelous accomplishments!
As you so beautifully shared: "It is wonderful to realize that one day we will behold the beauty of the Lord face to face." Amen! & PRAISE GOD!
As always thank you my sister-in Christ for stopping by to share your keen spiritual insight! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! God Bless You!
Cristina Santander from Manila on February 06, 2013:
Great hub which presents great words of wisdom for life. King David is one particular person who delights to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord. That is probably one of the reasons he is called a man after God's own heart. It is wonderful to realize that one day we will behold the beauty of the Lord face to face. Psalm 27 is indeed a great psalm filled with great spiritual insights. Thank you for bringing this out into the light here at Hubpages. I am wishing you a great day today my great sister-in-Christ DeBorrah K. Ogans. Remain blessed always. Best regards.
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on January 26, 2013:
Skye, May the Peace of our Lord be with You!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on January 26, 2013:
Stars, This is a great consoling Psalm to keep close to heart! Remember, "I am 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!" God Bless You! In HIS Love, Grace, Mercy, Joy, Peace & Blessings!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on January 26, 2013:
MsDora, The Psalms are indeed marvelous! I am so THANKFUL to know that ALL of GOD'S promises are true! Thank you for stopping by to share, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace, & Blessings!
skye2day from Rocky Mountains on January 25, 2013:
DeBorrah aaaaahhh, You are precious indeed my sister.
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on January 25, 2013:
Skye, Praise God for the Psalms! We are on one accord my sister. You have such a beautiful way of expressing yourself. The Lord has truly gifted you. I appreciate you so. Your spiritual insight is keen! We must continuously stay prayed up and keep ourselves robed in the "armor of the Lord."
As you so well stated: "The enemy will try to shake us and edge in. As you share with us it is vital to stay in the word of God because it is alive Everything we need for an abundant life is written down for us. The more I get to know Jesus, the more I want to know him, the more I know him, the more I love, the more I need him, the more i want to know him." Amen! & AMEN! PRAISE GOD!
I really do not know what I would do without the Lord! Thank you for sharing such edyfying words. GOD IS TRULY MORE THAN ABLE! May you continue to allow the Light of our Lord to shine through you brightly! May you be encouraged as you extend encouragement to others as well! May the Lord shower both His spiritual & material blessings upon you in Jesus Name!
Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Mercy, Joy, Peace, Hugs & Blessings!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on January 24, 2013:
Lady E, This Psalm is a wellspring of spiritual encouragement! It is easy to see why it would be one of your favorites! We can truly find comfort knowing that nothing comes our way that the Lord is not aware of...
The Lord is beyond amazing! Yes indeed! As you so well stated: "May we (and our families) continue to see the goodness of the Lord." Amen!
So glad that you have been encouraged! Thank You for stopping by to share, In HIS Love, Grace, Mercy, Joy, Peace & Blessings! God Bless You!
stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on January 23, 2013:
A wonderful writing, and very educational. As always you're work is captavating , and very informative. God Bless You dear heart.
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on January 23, 2013:
Tamarjo, Thank You! We are on one accord! The Psalms are quite marvelous! But I so enjoy how this particular one dwells on the Light and encourages us to look forward to the coming of the Lord! We can always have hope in the Lord!
As always Thank You! Your comments always serve to reinforce the intended theme. In HIS Love, Grace, Mercy, Joy, Peace & Blessings!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on January 23, 2013:
Teaches12345, So glad that you have been uplifted and encouraged! The Psalms are richly endowed with much spiritual wisdom! They truly are delightful! Thank You for stopping by to share. In HIS Love, Grace, Mercy, Joy, Peace & Blessings!
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 23, 2013:
Truly a Psalm of hope, DeBorrah from beginning to end. ". Tough times become time to learn and improve upon our coping skills. " They also become the time God meets us intimately through His promises in psalms like these. Interesting study!
skye2day from Rocky Mountains on January 21, 2013:
DeBorrah Hello Sister. I was led to your beautiful writing this morning, no doubt. I needed to hear this message and cast all my cares upon my Lord.
The enemy will try to shake us and edge in. As you share with us it is vital to stay in the word of God because it is alive Everything we need for an abundant life is written down for us. The more I get to know Jesus, the more I want to know him, the more I know him, the more I love, the more I need him, the more i want to know him. Like one big snowball that keeps going and going, growing in strength as it rolls along.
The psalms are a wonderous comfort to our hearts and souls. An encouragment in times of trouble. Praise God. He is so awesome, amen. When we stand on Gods word the weight on our shoulders seems to melt from us. Thank you for another blessed read dear friend. You are precious indeed. Love the pictures. I love how you love the Lord He shines in you deborrah. You keep preachin it girl. Love you , Hugs to you and yours.In Christ
Elena from London, UK on January 21, 2013:
One of my favourite Psalms.
"The Lord is my Light and my Salvation (deliverance). Who shall I fear?"
Thanks for sharing more on this Psalm. I have gleaned much more from it. As you noted, it can pacify and calm down our anxiety, ease troubled minds and put to rest any deepest fears!
May we (and our families) continue to see the goodness of the lord.
Best Wishes. xx
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on January 21, 2013:
Deborah Brooks, Welcome and thank you for being my first gracious visitor. We both share a Love for the Psalms. They are truly marvelous! We can learn so much from David as he candidly pours his heart out in this Psalm! I sincerely believe that GOD is the exemplary quintessential antidote to any and all of life's challenges and trials!
Thank You for stopping by to share, In HIS Love, Grace, Mercy Joy, Peace & Blessings! God Bless You too!
Tamarajo on January 20, 2013:
This was my favorite quote from your article.
"If you are ever in need to be inspired look no further! Having “HOPE” in the Lord can pacify and calm down your anxiety, ease your troubled mind and put to rest even your most deepest fears!"
Amen! This is one of my favorite Psalms for all the reasons you mentioned above. I also appreciated your connection of the context of light used in this passage with Jesus the light of the world and our world.
Your study is excellent in showcasing the value of being in His Word and trusting Him at all times.
A blessed read thank you DeBorrah
Dianna Mendez on January 19, 2013:
The book of Psalms is so comforting to me and I often turn there for inspiration. David was such a great poet, but had a tremendous faith in God. We are blessed by his thoughts and words in this book. Thanks for highlighting the beauty of this scripture, it is faith-building. Voted up+++
Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on January 18, 2013:
Oh My I love the book of Psalms in fact 91 is my favorite.. this helped me through a lot of trails.. I love the Psalms that David wrote because you can tell how much he loved our Lord.
many blessings to you and your writing for glorify our Lord
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