A Song of Cheerful Hope | by John Rogers

Psalm 27 is “a song of cheerful hope,” writes Charles Spurgeon. It is a hymn, he continues, “well fitted for those in trial who have learned to lean upon the almighty arm.” One could even call it a lullaby—a cradlesong to lull the children of God to a peaceful rest in times of distress. 

We do not know exactly when this Psalm was written, but we can infer from the text the situation David is in. Verses 2-3 lead us to believe that David was being pursued by an enemy and therefore had to stay away from the house of the LORD (see. v. 4). Verse 10 tells us that his own family had forsaken him and verse 12 speaks of false witnesses rising against him. David's situation in this Psalm is one of a dark season. But even though David is walking through an apparent dark night of the soul, he is not driven to despair. David is hopeful, believing that eventually, he shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 

With the Coronavirus seemingly lurking around every corner and with cases continuing to rise in our area, causing a lot of us to have to stay away from the house of the Lord, the church, the body of believers, we, like David, are going through a very difficult season. And with issues in our culture that have the real potential to divide households, set parents and children at variance against each other, and even cause false witnesses to rise against us as Christians, most if not all of us, can easily relate to David’s time and place. 

But like David, we can have hope. For the Lord is our salvation and the stronghold of our life. He hides us in his shelter in the day of trouble, conceals us under his tent, and lifts us out of the swells, high upon a rock. Even if our closest, earthly ties break, we have a heavenly Father who will never leave or forsake us. And like a mother hen, our God’s wings are always and forever open for refuge. So wait for the Lord. Wait. Wait for the Lord and be strong. Let your heart take courage and wait for the Lord. One day, we will look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living even though today, we walk through the valley of the shadow of death.

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