Probably, everybody has a story, or more, to tell about a situation that could have been disastrous, but for some reason was not. For example, a car accident that could have had fatal consequences but ended up not being so bad. Sometimes people in the military can remember circumstances when they thought that everything was lost, but for some reason they escaped or were rescued.
These stories have the ability to remind us that God is working and He is protecting us. Psalm 27, for some scholars, is based on one of those situations. The fight against the Philistines started again. David was already advanced in age, but decided to go to war anyway. We could blame the “macho syndrome” aspect of the warrior for his actions. The problem is on the other side there was a giant, another one, named Ishbi-benod. He swore to kill David and he was determined to do it.
Here is the text that tells us what happened next: “But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to David’s rescue; he struck the Philistine down and killed him. Then David’s men swore to him, saying, “Never again will you go out with us to battle, so that the lamp of Israel will not be extinguished.” 2Sam. 21:17.” Abishai had to rescue David, and after that his men told him that he would never go out to battle with them again. They did not want him to die. The great and mighty David retired.
In this psalm David recognized that God is his light and his salvation. Even though David was protected and defended by his men, it was God behind the scene and using his men, who protected him. Sometimes we cannot see the invisible and powerful hand in the situations that we face in life. But David has this to say: “Psa. 27:1 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?”
The resulting attitude that David had after that incident was to dedicate his life to the Lord and His temple, since he would not be able to go to war anymore. He had to retire, so he decided to expend time in the Temple. From verse 4-6, we see David describing his desire to be there, to serve there, and to hide there. This is a very interesting point for all of those who have retired. Follow in the steps of David, dedicate your life to the Temple, help your church, serve, and participate. In verse 4 David says this: “Psa. 27:4 One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.”
Finally, David asks God to not let his enemies find him. His prayer in the rest of this psalm is for protection. He knows that even not being able to fight with his army the enemies would not stop coming after him. He is confident that God is going to protect and guard him, as He did his whole life. He knew that men can fail, armies can be defeated, but the Lord is the one who can keep him safe. In the end of the psalm he encourages us to be strong and put our trust in the Lord: “Psa. 27:14 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”
Have a blessed week,