David’s Partnership with God
Psalm 27:4-14 shows how David overcame fear and developed his confidence in the future by ensuring his partnership with God in his battles.
David was a man of war. He knew that to fight a war you need the proper strategy. You must prepare the battleground and succeed in the battles until you defeat the enemy and the victory is yours.
The key feature of David’s strategy was his partnership with God. God was his ally and his commander in chief. In the accounts of David’s wars, we can see how much his success depended on the Lord.
Overcoming fear involves spiritual warfare against the forces of darkness. In the previous post, we saw how to fight and win the battles against fear. Today I will discuss how David prepared the ground of his heart for the battles to ensure his partnership with God.
The Four Principles of David’s Partnership with God (Psa 27:4)
- Priority (One thing I have desired)
What David desired most was his relationship with the Lord. He had developed it while looking after his father’s sheep as a young shepherd. He had learned that he did not need to worry when his relationship with the Lord was good.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Mat 6:33-34)
2. Commitment (All the days of my life)
David’s commitment to maintain that relationship was not casual but stable. He did not follow the example of those who don’t need the Lord and forget Him when things go well.
3. Appreciation (To behold the beauty of the Lord)
Many times David had received the Lord’s blessings. He had tasted His goodness and had a grateful heart. For this, David was a worshiper and he worshiped the Lord with all his heart as the many psalms he wrote reveal.
“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good. Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” (Psalm 34:8)
- Listening (To Inquire in His temple)
David depended on the Lord for advice in battle and in dealing with his enemies, and he was obedient to the instructions received and the principles he followed even when it may have appeared inconvenient. He knew that obedience to the Lord always pays off.
“I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart.” (Psalm 40:8)
What Benefits Did David Expect? (Psalm 27:5)
When you live by the four principles followed by David, you can expect results similar to those that he experienced.
- Protection: Hide in His pavilion
God’s presence and guidance will make a shielding field around you that will surround you all the time. (Psalm 91:3-4)
- Success: Set me high upon a rock
True, permanent success comes from the Lord. When others around you are blown away, you will not be shaken. (Matthew 7:24-25, Psalm 1:3)
- Victory: Above my enemies
You will have enemies, but He will prepare a table before them. (Psalm 23:5)
- Rejoicing in God: I will offer sacrifices of joy and sing praises. (Psalm 27:6)
- Dependence on God: David appeals to God’s mercy and realizes his need of God’s direction. (Psalm 27:7-11)
- Trust in God: Confidence in the future even in the middle of troubles came from his partnership with God. (Psalm 27:12-14)
Questions to Consider
- Do you need more confidence to overcome some fears?
- Which strategies are you using now?
- Which strategies do you want to use more?
- Many verses in this psalm are helpful to overcome fear. Which verse has helped you the most?