Bible Study for November 2002:
FAITH IN TIMES OF TRIAL
David had times of fierce trials, troubles and tribulation. He was pursued by great and powerful enemies. Sometimes he was hindered from appearing in the Temple, cut off from the fellowship of his family. In the face of danger, his faith was always in God. As we look into this Psalm, examining the language of David, we learn some lessons for the christian. Here, there is inspiration for the Church. Faith in God always sustains us in times of trial. Confidence in God makes us fearless and bold in the midst of enemies.
CONFIDENCE IN GOD (Psalm 27:1-3)
Psalm 3:1-6; 118:6-14; Luke 12:4-7,31,32; Philippians 1:28-30; Hebrew 13:5,6; Deuteronomy 33:27-29; Isaiah 26:20,21.
The soul that is assured of salvation can walk boldly in the light in spite of all enemies in his way. After conversion, our God is our joy, comfort, guide, teacher and light. Fear departs as faith enters. The powers of darkness are not to be feared, for the Lord, our light, destroys them. When troubles arise, faithís shield will ward off every blow. Though one battle should be followed by another, the believerís confidence rests on the everlasting arms. Are you in the midst of great perils? Faith will overcome.
COMMUNION WITH GOD (Psalm 27:4-6)
Psalm 22:25; 84:10-12; Luke 10:38-42; 24:52,53; Acts 2:42,46; Hebrew 10:23-25; Colossians 3:1-4.
"One thing have I desired". A man of one pursuit, one desire, one ambition, one affection and one book is eminently successful. Divided aims tend to distraction, weakness and disappointment. Our desires of the Lord should be sanctified, fervent and constant. In the most painful of Davidís circumstances, his consuming desire was not to reign as king but to remain in fellowship and communion with God.
CRY OF THE GODLY (Psalm 27:7-12)
Psalm 28:2; 17:1-3; Hosea 10:12; Matthew 6:33; Deuteronomy 4:29-31; Psalm 86:11-13; Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 6:18.
Prayer is a mighty weapon in the life of a christian warrior in the battles of life. As a good soldier, David knew how to handle his weapons and he always used the weapons of prayer and faith effectively. The true heart seeks God above and beyond all things on earth or in Heaven. He seeks instruction and guidance from God and consecrates himself to be sensitive to the touch of Godís Spirit.
COURAGE OF THE GODLY (Psalm 27:13,14)
Hebrews 10:35,36; Romans 8:25; Hebrews 6:11,12; James 5:10,11; Lamentations 3:25,26; Job 14:14; Psalm 123:2; Isaiah 40:28-30; Acts 1:4,5.
Faintness of heart leads to impatience; courage makes the believer to exercise patience. The courageous heart is willing to wait for the appointed time. "Wait on the Lord". Wait at His door with prayer; wait at His feet with humility; wait at His table with service; wait at all times with expectancy. It is profitable to draw near to God and wait in His presence until He strengthens your heart.
Next weekís Bible Study is FAITH THAT CANNOT BE DENIED. You can build up your faith beyond the superficial level and triumph in seemingly impossible circumstances. Come next week and learn how to stem the tides of troubles and trials. Invite your family, friends and colleagues to partake of this Tuesday meal, a divine banquet worthy of their presence.
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