Psalm27 is one of those chapters that really makes me feel my inadequacy. And, oddly enough, it gets me hyped. Let me explain.
In this chapter, David pronounces he is scared of no one. He proclaims his enemies will stumble and fall. Even when he’s under attack, he still won’t lose his swag.
He goes onto to, in essence, make commands of the Lord. Do not hide your face from me. Do not reject me. Do not turn me over to my foes.Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me.
Perhaps, something is lost in translation but this sure sounds like David is telling God what to do. Amazing when you just sit back and think about that.
Admittedly, I don’t possess such confidence. At least not consistently enough. My own guilt and inadequacies keep me from such a disposition. Begging and pleading usually seems more in order than demanding.
But maybe that’s the catch. God wants us to have enough confidence in Him that we will demand what He’s offering. We tend to operate as if such confidence is earned. I can’t possibly demand God deliver me with the way I’ve been living, right?
The confidence, though, is not in us. That’s what David has figured out. His confidence is in the Lord. He is certain “the Lord will keep me safe in His dwelling (v. 5).” He is certain “the Lord will receive me (v. 10).” He is certain he will “see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”
What if what’s holding us back, holding me back, is I’m putting more stock in my inability than in God’s ability?
What if God is waiting on us, waiting on me, to say “I will be delivered. I will overcome. The Lord will …”
What if God is wanting us to look to Him and say “Do not hide your face from me. Hear my cries, Father. Cleanse me.”
In Luke 11, when the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, Christ responded with a story about the friend at midnight.
The story goes a man gets some late-night guests and he isn’t prepared. So he goes knocking at the door of his friend, asking for bread so he can have something for his guests.
Christ says the friend will not close his door and tell the friend to go away, even though its late and his children are asleep. He can’t do that. You know why?
The audacity of the one asking at midnight put the friend on the spot. He has to do it because his name is on the line. In an era where hospitality was extremely, turning away a friend in need is a reputation killer.
As a metaphor for prayer, Christ is telling us to have the audacity to ask, to come knocking at His door demanding help because we are unprepared and incapable.
How would God look if David is pleading for deliverance and God rejects him? Who thinks it is possible for David to beg the Lord to teach Him his ways and God says, “Nah, I’m cool.”
The Word says God wants no one to perish. It says if you seek Him you will find Him. It says if you seek His Kingdom first, everything you need will be provided.
Hebrews 4:16 tells us to “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” That’s right. Approach the throne of God boldly.
It sounds odd. We are so weak and so beneath Him, how do you not come timidly? We have messed up so much, how can you talk to God without being uncertain if you’ve failed Him one time too many?
We don’t “come boldly unto the throne” because we have earned the right. It says come boldly to obtain mercy. We don’t approach God boldly because we finally figured it out. It says come in time of need.
But the reason we come boldly is explained in the previous verse: because Christ is our High Priest. We approach boldly because we’re confident in God.