Today we continue with a series based on Psalm 27. If you haven’t already done so, I recommend listening to the first episode which covers some background thoughts on the context of the Psalm.

Now, on to today’s verse.

“Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD.” (Psalm 27:6 NIV11)

My head will be exalted

Victory is the tone
‘head’ is the source of life, not intellect. Lifting up the head is a way of granting life in the sense of success.

Head. The head is not regarded as the seat of the intellect, but as the source of life (Mt. 14:8, 11; Jn. 19:30). Thus to lift up the head is to grant life in the sense of success (Jdg. 8:28; Ps. 27:6; Gn. 40:13), or to expect it in God himself (Ps. 24:7, 9; Lk. 21:28).” New Bible Dictionary.

I will sacrifice
He is sacrificing to the right LORD, at the right place with the right spirit.
His sacrifice is a willing one
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1

Shouts of joy
His rejoicing is loud, uninhibited, prolonged. Exuberant thanksgiving.

“Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the LORD with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets. As the ark of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, she despised him in her heart. They brought the ark of the LORD and set it in its place inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and David sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before the LORD.” (2 Samuel 6:14–17)

I will sing
“Filled with faith in God’s deliverance, he looked forward to triumphantly singing God’s praises in His sanctuary.” POSB Commentary
Deliverance inspires song:
“Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the LORD: “I will sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.” Exodus 15:1
Eph. 5:19 “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord” NASB (1995)

What are the lessons from this verse?

  1. Are we praising in advance of victory?
  2. What inspires you to sing? Do you put energy into your singing?

We will conclude today’s podcast with the song I wrote using the words of Psalm 27 verse 4.

Next week we will proceed to the seventh verse of the Psalm. In the meantime, please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community.

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“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

God bless, Malcolm