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2018 June 1
Waiting for the Train (1871)
Gerolamo Induno (1825-1890)
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art
[ Illustration: The painting above depicts people who are waiting for a train. They wait expectantly, not anxiously. Likewise, David's closing exhortation to his readers is to wait with courage for the LORD who will strengthen their heart when he comes. ]
[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]
Explanation: In Psalm 27, David expresses confidence in the LORD and encourages his readers to do the same even in times of trouble. The occasion for the Psalm is unknown; but the two most troublesome times in David's life came at the hands of Saul and of Absalom.
The Psalm is chiastic (a structure in which elements in the first part repeat in reverse order in the second part).
FEARLESS TRUST. David opens his Psalm with words of confidence in the LORD. He closes it by encouraging others to have the same confidence. He says that the LORD is his light, his salvation, and the strength of his life. Therefore he fears no one. In the past, when his wicked enemies came to devour him, they stumbled and fell. Therefore, though an army should encamp against him and make war, his heart will not be afraid (1-3).
LORD, HIDE DAVID. He desires one thing from the LORD -- that he may dwell in his house, beholding his beauty, as he seeks him there. For it is there, in the presence of the LORD, that the LORD will hide him and set him on a rock, and lift up his head above his enemies. Therefore, he will offer sacrifices of joy in God's tabernacle and sing praises to the LORD (4-6).
A CRY FOR HELP. Having made these assertions of confidence, David then prays to the LORD, asking for help (7).
LORD, UNHIDE YOURSELF. And, in response to the LORD's invitation to seek his face, David says, "Your face, LORD, will I seek." And so he asks the LORD not to hide his face from him, not to put him away in anger, and not to leave or forsake him. And he is confident that, even though his mother and his father might forsake him, the LORD will take him up (8-10).
FEARLESS TRUST. He also asks the LORD to teach him his ways and to lead him in a plain path because false and cruel witnesses have risen against him. And, in closing, he says that unless he had believed that he would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living, he would have fainted. He therefore encourages his hearers to be of good courage, and the LORD will strengthen their heart: "Wait, I say, on the LORD" (11-14).
NOTE. The structure presented above is based on The Literary Structure of the Old Testament, David A. Dorsey, 1999, p. 179.
[ Sermons: Joe Morecraft III. Stuart Olyott. Various. ]
Bile Chronologies -- Genesis to Revelation
[Traditional Patriarchal Chronology. Judges Period Chronology 1. Judges Period Chronology 2. Kings of Judah and Israel #1. Kings of Judah and Israel #2].
[Intertestamental Period Chronology 1. Intertestamental Period Chronology 2. Intertestamental Period Chronology 3.
Intertestamental Period Chronology 4. Intertestamental Period Chronology 5.]
[New Testament Chronology 1. New Testament Chronology 2. New Testament Chronology 3. New Testament Chronology 4. New Testament Chronology 5.]
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[ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Psalm 27: 1 Samuel 19-31. 2 Samuel 15-18. ]
 Isaiah 60:1; John 1:5; John 3:19; John 12:46; Judges 6:26; Isaiah 17:9; Isaiah 17:9; Psalm 37:39; Psalm 43:2.
 Job 19:22.
 Psalm 78:32.
 Psalm 23:6.
 Psalm 10:9; Jeremiah 25:38; Job 38:40; 2 Samuel 6:17.
 Numbers 10:10.
 Psalm 56:2; Psalm 54:7; Psalm 59:10-11.
-- From Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers ]
[ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]
[ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]
[ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
[ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Psalm 27 - #1. Psalm 27 - #2. Psalm 27 - #3. Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]
HARMONY OF THE LAW
Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible
Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)
HEBREW AND GREEK INTERLINEAR BIBLES
Psalm Detailed Outline
(SONGS FOR COVENANT WORSHIP)
Deliverance from Sinners and from Sin
Nearly all the Psalms (except Psalm 90) were written during the 612 year period
from the time of David around 1016 B. C. to the close of the Canon in about 404 B. C.
Psalm 90, according to its superscription, was written by Moses; this may have been around 1406 B. C.
BOOK ONE OF FIVE:
1016 - 539 B.C. Israel
God is Against the Wicked
The LORD is my light and my salvation.
Map 1: Bible Nations | Map 2: Empire of David and Solomon Map 3: Kingdoms of Judah and Israel | Post Exile Chronology.
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.
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.
* NOTE: On Opening and Closing Comments in the Psalms.
[Some commentators take the Psalm in Habakkuk 3 to be a standard model for the Psalms.
Habakkuk's Psalm begins with the name of the composer (Habakkuk) and a musical notation ("upon Shigionoth").
It closes with a dedication or a "send to" notice ("To the chief singer on my stringed instruments").
I have arranged similar material, where it is found in the Psalter, in accord with the model in Habakkuk.]
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