Where's Your Focus?

So often in life, we focus on our problems and challenges versus the mighty God we serve.  David faced wild animals as a shepherd and had many enemies while ascending the throne.  Psalm 27 is a vivid reminder to set our minds on the Rock versus the trials in our lives.  I’ve broken the Psalm into four parts. 

My Life

Davis describes his life like this:  Wicked men advance against me to devour me.  The Day of Trouble.  The desire of my foes.  False witnesses rising against me. 

Ever had times like this?  Forget the fact that the original setting was the Ancient Near East – we have all had people out to get us.  Sometimes are lives are a continuous “Day of Trouble”. 

My Hope

David speaks more about his HOPE than his TROUBLES!  12 times he references the LORD.  Not to mention God my Savior.  And He is not only light, salvation and a stronghold…He is my light, my salvation, my stronghold!  It’s personal – there is a relationship with Almighty God here!  So…how do our problems look next to the Creator of the universe? 

My Response

A response is necessary here.  How does David respond to the nearness of God? 

I will not fear, but be confident.  I will call to the LORD.  I will learn His ways.  I will seek His face. 

In other words, a settled decision to call out to God, to study His ways, and to seek after Him.  All of which require initiative and the conviction that it is better to seek Him than to tackle the problem alone.  And you might be familiar with this beautiful verse:  One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and seek him in his temple.”

You see, this familiar verse is so much more than a token sentiment; it is a way of life.  When we linger long enough to gaze on His beauty, we desire nothing else.  When we gaze on His majesty, our troubles are not troubling.  That’s David’s point:  whom shall I fear?  I’ve got my mind set on the LORD! 

How It All Works Out

David’s trust leads to deliverance.  Here’s his posture:  Lead me in a straight path, wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. 

Which yields this result:  Kept safe, hid from danger, set high on a rock.  My head exalted.  Shouts of joy, sing and make music to the Lord.  See the goodness of God in the land of the living.

In one word, victory.  Sometimes it’s victory from the storm.  Sometimes it’s victory in the storm.  But when we cherish Christ and set our gaze on Him, nothing is the same.  And it’s hard to remain in a rut when our sights are set on the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 

Today, may Christ by experience be your light, your salvation, and your stronghold. 

 - Pastor Colin