1. Hello listening friends.
2. It is a joy for us to know that you have tuned in to this broadcast.
3. It is our prayer that God is using these messages from the Psalms to bless you.
4. I want to ask you a question,
5. Would you like to find victory over fear in your life?
6. Well the answer lies in Psalm 27.
7. I hope that you can turn in to your Bibles to Psalm 27,
8. As you follow with us as we read this Psalm.
9. When David was writing this Psalm,
10. He was facing a formidable enemy.
11. Now I want you to use your imagination today,
12. The king of the nation with his military personnel,
13. Were forsaking the business of government in order to hunt one man,
14. So you can understand David’s temptation to be in fear of the king,
15. Yet David is a man who’s never given in to his fears.
16. I want you to hear me right,
17. It is okay to be tempted to fear and be afraid,
18. And it is another thing to give in to your fear.
19. First of all in verse 1 to 3 of Psalm 27,
20. There is a warning for us.
22. Verses 4 to 6 contain the secret to David’s victory,
23. That secret is worshipping.
24. So what is the Psalmist warning us about in verses 1 to 3?
25. It is this,
26. If you are a believer who have put your trust in Jesus Christ,
27. You will have enemies,
28. If you are a believer trusting in the power of God to save you,
29. You will have enemies.
30. The true prophets of God have always aroused opposition,
31. Opposition from the nominal Israelites.
32. And opposition from those who hate God.
33. The early church experienced pressure and persecution,
34. They experienced opposition from the organized religion of the day.
35. And Jesus himself came with the message of peace,
36. Peace that many times resulted in war.
37. Let me encourage you to read Matthew chapter 10 beginning at verse 32.
38. So the warning of David is this,
39. If you are a believer who trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ,
40. And you try somehow to avoid persecution,
41. Then you will end up doing one of two things,
42. You will either end up compromising the truth or hiding your light.
43. My listening friend, please listen carefully,
44. It is impossible to escape opposition.
45. It is impossible to escape persecution.
46. But there is one thing that we often forget in our spiritual warfare,
47. That the enemies that are made of flesh and blood are really not our enemies,
48. They are a front for the real enemy,
49. They are masks behind which the real enemy hides.
50. Who is that real enemy?
51. None other than Satan himself.
52. And that is why the apostle Paul affirms that our enemies are not those of flesh and blood,
53. But our real enemies are the forces of darkness,
54. Our real enemies are the spiritual forces of wickedness,
55. Our real enemies are the powers and the principalities.
56. And if you are an alert Christian who walks with God,
57. The devil will find it very hard to defeat you.
58. If you are hiding in the rock of ages,
59. Satan will have a hard time intimidating you.
60. If you are a praying and praising Christian,
61. Satan will have a hard time to entice you directly.
62. If you are a Christian who loves the word of God,
63. And accepts it as the only truth about God,
64. Then it will be hard for Satan to bring doubt into your life.
65. So what does Satan do?
66. He starts roaming around,
67. Finding a place in the heart of a member of your family,
68. Or some of your close friends,
69. Or even a member of the church,
70. He will find somebody who has an opening in their heart,
71. And he sees this as an opportunity for him to get in,
72. And he uses that person to attack you,
73. He will attack your character, your motives, and your sincerity,
74. He will misinterpret your actions and words.
75. Do you know what the natural reaction is for all Christians when that happens?
76. We react to the individual who attacked us,
77. First of all our hearts begin to burn with anger,
78. But it doesn’t stop there,
79. Whether it will be a domestic dispute or any dispute,
80. Anger does not remain anger,
81. It becomes bitterness and then hatred,
82. And you begin to despise and resent that person,
83. And what happens to you?
84. You lose your joy,
85. Your prayer life becomes limp,
86. Your praise life will become non-existent,
87. Your spiritual walk will not be genuine,
88. So you begin to fake your spiritual walk with God.
89. Some of you may be asking by now, what do I do?
90. What you need to do is go back to where you started,
91. Examine what happened to you?
92. Because in reality you are hating the wrong enemy.
93. The man or the woman who hurt and abused you,
94. They are really delivering the devils mail,
95. And you are the recipient of it.
96. Whether you know that or not,
97. They are being used as a tool of Satan.
98. And when you truly comprehend this lesson,
99. My listening friend, I promise you that you will never hate anybody.
100. You won’t be able to,
101. Even the very people who wounded you deeply,
102. Even those who have threatened your life,
103. Or even hate you as much as these people hated David.
104. David said of these people,
105. That they literally wanted to devour his flesh.
106. And when you see Satan behind their activities,
107. You’ll begin to feel sorry for them,
108. And you’ll pray for them as Jesus said in Matthew chapter 5.
109. What else is David warning us of in the first 3 verse of Psalm 27?
110. In verse 2 he tells us that the enemy attacks us suddenly,
111. And before you know it, you are down.
112. But then in verse 3 he says, the enemy can set up camp,
113. And begin a long siege of oppression.
114. In either case David said his enemies are going to knock their heads against the wall.
116. He said because my trust is in God.
117. He is the one who’s going to protect me,
118. He is the one who’s going to put his arm around me.
119. David’s enemies were so vicious that they would devour him if they could,
120. And yet still David said, they are not as big a threat as they may think they are.
122. David tells us the reason is because my trust is in God.
123. My confidence comes from my utter dependence on my God.
124. Because he is my salvation,
125. And he is my light,
126. And he is my strength.
127. You notice here salvation and light always come together.
128. Do you know why?
129. Because God is the symbol of light.
130. Now this is a very important symbol to understand,
131. The sun which is the natural light and the source of life,
132. Is compared with God in Psalm 84:11.
133. No wonder that the ancient Egyptians and many of the pagan world worshipped the sun.
134. Do you know why?
135. Because they looked at it as the source of light and life,
136. And they did not worship the one who put the sun in its place,
137. But worshipped the creation instead of the creator.
138. David the Psalmist is saying, God is our light,
139. And he is the one who enlightens our minds.
140. Remember that the person without Jesus Christ has a darkened mind.
141. We must understand that in our minds eye there is a light bulb,
142. And all of us are born with these light bulbs turned off,
143. And until you and I come to the Lord Jesus Christ,
144. And confess that we are sinners by birth,
145. We cannot save ourselves,
146. That we are heading to hell for eternity.
147. And it is only through Jesus Christ that we can be saved.
148. Only then will he reach down and turn on this light bulb,
149. Only when we receive Jesus Christ as our only savior will the light bulb turn on,
150. And your minds eyes begin to open up.
151. And that is why the Psalmist said that God is my light and my salvation.
152. You cannot be saved without being enlightened by this knowledge.
153. But some of you may be asking, what does this have to do with victory over fear?
154. Oh, I am anxious to answer that question,
155. But we are going to have to wait until next time,
156. Until we look again at the rest of Psalm 27.
157. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.