by Jerry Vines

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In His Pavilion
Psalm 27
Jerry Vines


David wrote a series of psalms that came right out of his life experiences he had
along the way. Every experience of life, it seemed, was an opportunity for David to
compose a psalm. Just as every experience you and I have with the Lord is an
opportunity for us to learn something about the Lord we may never have learned in any
other way. It becomes an opportunity for us to sing songs of praises to the Lord for His
deliverance and for what He does for us. This psalm is one of those.
This psalm is a beautiful psalm. It’s a psalm that has often been set to music. I
think about those opening words of the psalm and it reminds me of the beautiful anthem
from this psalm that Mary Frances Whittaker used to sing for us. And how she thrilled
our hearts as she would sing, “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.”
There’s a lot of comfort and beauty and encouragement in this psalm. It is
believed by most that this psalm was composed by David during the circumstances of the
Absalom rebellion. David’s son, Absalom, had raised an insurrection against him.
David, the king, had been driven out of Jerusalem like a dog. During that period of time
when he was fleeing for his life from Absalom may have been the circumstance that is the
background for this particular psalm. As you read through it you can’t help but see the
ebb and flow of circumstances that must have been David’s during that time. At times he
seems to be on the mountain of faith. At other times he seems to be in the valley of fear.
There is a sharp break between verse 6 and verse 7. So much so that some people have
even believed that we have two psalms here that have been put together. The first six
verses and then verses seven to the end are so very different in their mood and
atmosphere. So ...

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