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Hear My Voice O Lord!
Bible Passage Psalm 27:7-12
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & book Psalm.

Hear My Voice O Lord!

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached March 16, 2023

7 Hear my voice, LORD, when I cry out! Be gracious to me and answer me.

8 My mind recalls your word, “Seek my face,” so your face, LORD, I will seek.

9 Do not hide your face from me; do not turn away in anger from your servant. You have been my help, therefore do not abandon or forsake me, God of my salvation.

10 Though my father and my mother abandoned me, the LORD gathers me up.

11 Teach me your way, LORD, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies.

12 Do not hand me over to the desires of my enemies; for false witnesses have risen up against me; even the one who breathes out violence.

Psalm 27 was written by David, though the exact time he wrote it is not known. Some scholars believe that he wrote the psalm in 2 parts. He wrote verses 1 – 6 when life was good. God was answering all his prayers. Perhaps it was after he had killed Goliath. He wrote verses 7-12 when life was difficult. He thought that God was hiding from him. Perhaps it was when Saul was fighting him. He wrote verses 13-14 when he put the 2 parts together.

Other scholars also believe that David wrote it all at the same time. In the past, God had been good to him. Why was God not good to him now? He would still believe in God and wait for His help.

In Psalm 27 we learn that for David life had its ups and downs. The ups were the good times. The downs were the difficult times. This happens to us also. When life is difficult, we must remember the good times. When we think that God has forgotten us, we must remember the times when He did not forget us.

One strong reason why some scholars think that the psalm was written in parts at different times is the differences in the posture and condition of the author. In verses 1-6, life was good for David. In the part of the psalm we are considering today, life is difficult. David thinks that God has forgotten him. David prays to God, “Answer me”. He thinks that he hears a voice inside him that says, “Look for my face”. So David continues to pray. He says, “You gave me help in the past – do not forget me now”.

Verse 10 of the psalm tells us that David is sure that God will answer him one day. Even if his parents forget him, God will never forget him. In verses, 11-12, David tells us that he has many enemies that want to hurt him. Some, as Cush in Psalm 7, tell lies about him. So David prays for a straight path.

We must be like David in Psalm 27:14. We must wait for the Lord. One day he will give us help. If we believe this, it will make us strong.

🔷 Even in our troubles, we must not forget the goodness of God and His mighty hands that led us in the past

🔷 Believers must have hope in the salvation of the Lord

🔷 Human parents and human helpers may become weary and helpless at one point or the other, but God remains faithful endlessly

💥 Thank God for His deliverance upon your life
💥 Ask God to protect you from your enemies

The world is full of people who only want to come up against you to destroy and bear false witness against you. Be strong in the Lord and cry unto Him who will never abandon you.

In series Bright Morning Reflections