Don’t Faint Before You Finish

Psalm 27 KJV

1     The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

2     When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

3     Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

4     One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.

5     For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

6     And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

7     Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

8     When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

9     Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

10   When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.

11   Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.

12   Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

13   I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

14   Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

1 Samuel 20:3 KJV – And David sware moreover, and said, Thy father certainly knoweth that I have found grace in thine eyes; and he saith, Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved: but truly as the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, there is but a step between me and death.

  1. God’s present dealings (v 1)

God is my:

  • Sunshine – the revealer
  • Salvation – the rescuer
  • Strength – the restorer

2. God’s past dealings (v. 2)

1 Samuel 17:44-49 NIV44 “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!” 45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” 48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.

3. God’s potential dealings (v. 3)

God is:

  • With you

John 14:18 NIV – I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

  • In you

John 14:20 NIV – On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.

  • For you

Romans 8:31 NCV – So what should we say about this? If God is with us, no one can defeat us.

Philippians 3:13-14 KJV13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Daniel 9:3 ESV – Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.

You can’t have a thriving life without a thriving relationship with God.

Intimacy with God is:

  • Time (v. 4a)
  • Talk (v. 4b)
  • Trust (v. 5)

Psalm 23:5 KJV – Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Hebrews 11:27 KJV – By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

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