Psalm 27: No Fear

If our lives are in God’s hands, why do so many Christians fear?

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Psalm 27:1 A song of David.
Lord, you are my light of knowledge, wisdom, and inspiration. You are my salvation from all that would pull me down, so who is left for me to fear? My life is in your hands, so I have no reason to be afraid.
King James
Psalm 27:1 <A Psalm of David.> The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Many Christians have been martyred because their adversaries didn’t stumble and fall. Knowing that, how can we feel safe when an army surrounds us?

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Psalm 27:2–3 When adversaries and brutal enemies came to destroy me, they stumbled and fell.
If an army surrounds me, I will not fear. In the heat of the battle, I will feel safe trusting you.
King James
Psalm 27:2–3 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

As great as God is, how can we expect to live in his house?

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Psalm 27:4 I will seek from the Lord what I want more than anything else: to live with him in his house every day of my life, to recognize his greatness and learn from him.
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Psalm 27:4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.

How can we be sure God will protect us? Under what circumstances should we be concerned?

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Psalm 27:5 In troublesome times, God will give me shelter. He will keep me safe in his own dwelling place, on a high rock out of reach.
King James
Psalm 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

How can we shout for joy and sing God’s praises before he lifts us up? What will be different afterward?

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Psalm 27:6 Because God has lifted me above the enemies who have surrounded me, saving me, I will stand in his presence shouting for joy, singing praises to him.
King James
Psalm 27:6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.

What should we want from God more than anything else?

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Psalm 27:7–8 Hear me, Lord, when I cry out to you. Be merciful and answer my prayers. My heart cries to be close to you. Lord, I long to see your face.
King James
Psalm 27:7–8 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.

What should we do if we feel like God is angry with us?

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Psalm 27:9 Don’t conceal yourself as if you are angry with me, your servant. Don’t neglect me or overlook my plight, O God of my salvation, for I depend upon you.
King James
Psalm 27:9 Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

How does God’s love compare with parental love?

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Psalm 27:10 My parents might ignore me, but you will always take care of me.
King James
Psalm 27:10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.

Why might it be difficult to walk a righteous path that is most pleasing to God? Why might it be easy?

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Psalm 27:11 Lord, show me the way that pleases you most. Help me walk a righteous path that even my enemies will have to respect.
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Psalm 27:11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.

If false claims and lies are bad, why do people tell them? What are the consequences of telling “white” lies?

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Psalm 27:12 Don’t let my adversaries prevail over me, for they have made false claims and have told terrible lies about me.
King James
Psalm 27:12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

With all the victories King David had seen, why did he think he had nowhere else to turn but God?

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Psalm 27:13 Lord, without faith in your goodness on Earth, if I couldn’t trust in you, where else could I turn?
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Psalm 27:13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

What reasons do people have to be courageous?

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Psalm 27:14 14 I will be courageous as I wait upon you, looking to you for strength to endure. “Don’t give up on God,” I say, “for the answer is on the way.”
King James
Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

Why would a person ever give up on God?

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Psalm 27:14 14 I will be courageous as I wait upon you, looking to you for strength to endure. “Don’t give up on God,” I say, “for the answer is on the way.”
King James
Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.