The great hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” is based upon this psalm. It begins in verses 1-3 with confidence and trust in God. The words of verse one bring to mind Paul’s letter to the Romans in 8:31. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Verse 10’s statement “For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in” probably refers to their deaths, meaning “My parents were my protectors for a time; but the Lord will be my Protector always.” Verse 14 brings a chiastic end to psalm 27, with trust as the word again:
“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”
It is not easy, but we must trust in God and have patience. He does His work, as He sees fit – in His time.
Kyle Yates’ commentary appropriately titled the 28th psalm “The Answered Prayer” as it has just two sections: the prayer (verses -15) and the answer (verses 6-9). The occasion has been identified by Delitzsch as the time of Absalom’s rebellion; and he says that it is third psalm of that time of persecution. In verse 7, David says that he trusts the Lord with his heart, not just his lips; and he closes the psalm with the image of a shepherd who often have to carry their sheep.
How many occasions in your life can you look back upon, knowing that God must have “carried” you? It is something I seldom recognize when He is about the business of doing it. I am quick to pray for God’s help. But how often when things eventually worked out well have I failed to recognize that it was His work? Too often, I fail to praise Him as I should.
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