Moses by John August Swanson. Image from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn. Original source © 1983 by John August Swanson.
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Preaching Series on Psalms
Psalm 27:1-6 Commentary
by Rolf Jacobson
[This is Week 4 of a 6-week preaching series on Psalms.]
Preaching text: Psalm 27; accompanying text: Matthew 6:25-34
Disorientation, Part 2 or Reorientation, Part 1: My Light and My Salvation
Very similar to the prayers for help, the psalms of trust are prayed from a situation of severe crisis. What Psalm 27 calls the time when "evildoers assail me" (27:2), or Psalm 46 calls the times when "waters roar and foam" and the "mountains tremble" (46:3). These psalms are very, very clear that life in God’s creation isn’t safe. There are very clear and present dangers.
The major difference between the prayers for help and the psalms of trust is the dominant mood. Both types of psalm depend on God. Both types of psalm at least imply a request for help. And both types of psalm include expressions of trust. But whereas the prayers for help strike the dominant note of fear and desperation, the psalms of trust hit the chord of trust.
For this reason, the psalms of trust have one foot in the “disorientation” ...
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