Study Guide – Psalm 27:1-6


Psalm27-1-6


The Lord is my light and my salvation—


    whom
shall I fear?


The Lord is the
stronghold of my life—


    of
whom shall I be afraid?

When
the wicked advance against me


    to
devour me,


it is my enemies and my foes


    who
will stumble and fall.


Though an army
besiege me,


    my
heart will not fear;


though war break out against me,


    even
then I will be confident.

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
to seek him in his temple.


For in the day of
trouble


    he
will keep me safe in his dwelling;


he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent


    and
set me high upon a rock.

Then
my head will be exalted


    above
the enemies who surround me;


at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;


    I
will sing and make music to the Lord
.
NIV

 

In verses 1-3, David begins this psalm by proclaiming, “The
Lord is my light and salvation.” Knowing what you know about David’s life, what
do you think this idea mean personally mean to him?

 

The Psalms repeatedly declare remarkably personal
proclamations about God. Take a moment to skim through the Psalms to find
several other personal proclamations about who the Lord is in a person’s life:

 

e.g. Psalm __23 : The Lord is my _____________________________.

Psalm _______: The Lord is my _____________________________.

Psalm _______: The Lord is my _____________________________.

Psalm _______: The Lord is my _____________________________.

Psalm _______: The Lord is my _____________________________.

 

Choose a word to complete that proclamation for your own
life and then take a moment to describe what made you declare this today:

 

The Lord is my _________________________________.

The reason
I declare this today is…

 

Look at verses 4-6. If you had one wish for your life would
it be similar to David’s?

 

::::: EQUIPPING CHALLENGE :::::

 Even though David’s
life was incredibly intense and complex at times, these first 6 verses of Psalm
27 suggest that both his understanding about God’s role in his life and his
desire for God were really quite simple. Many people today, however, are filled
with confusion about God’s role and with competing internal desires. In the
next 24 hours, what do you need to do in order to simplify your own personal
relationship with God?

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Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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