David’s s Warfare Prayer
Scripture Reading: Psalms 27
Key verse: (v8) “You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
“Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
A favourite new song of mine is: Battle Belongs by Phil Wickman. One line particularly grabs me: “So when I fight, I’ll fight on my knees, with my hands lifted high…Oh, God, the battle belongs to You”
In one of his books, Warren Wiesbe said, “the Christian life is not a playground; it’s a battleground, and we must be on guard at all times.” In other words, following Jesus is not going to be a walk in the park; there’s a very real enemy who wages a war against those who’s hearts are committed to loving God and loving our neighbours.
David knew this to be true and wrote a song about it – we know it as Psalm 27.
He reminds us that our confidence against any foe is only as strong as our connection and relationship with God. The Lord is our light, our salvation, and our stronghold (vv.1-2).
In this Psalm we are encouraged to seek the face of the Lord and to wait for the Lord (vv.8,14). Both of these directives are active. To seek requires action. To wait, seems to be passive, but in Hebrew the word “wait” carries with it the sense of service. We are familiar with having a waiter serving us at a restaurant. It’s that same idea. To “wait on the Lord” is to be a waiter – one who listens and serves.
As we seek and wait we will, as David did, find our God to be our Almighty Fortress; we will see that nothing and no one can stand against the power of our God.
Use Psalms 27 to pray against the enemy in times when you find yourself fearful or anxious.
3 Month Reading Plan - Psalms 26 - 27