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. 

Psalm 27:9 “Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Saviour.”

God’s nature
God is ‘helper’ and ‘Saviour’. His nature is clear to David. What is helping you at the moment to develop a clear and balanced view of the nature of God? What have you discovered recently?

Do not reject
The implication here is that prayer can make a difference as to whether God turns us away and whether he will treat us according to His anger. Stephen states that “…God turned away from them and gave them over to the worship of the sun, moon and stars.” (Acts 7:42)

Might this happen to us? We have an extraordinary promise:

“But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:16–18 NIV11)

When we turn to him, he turns to us. As the hymn puts it:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace


What are the lessons from this verse? 

1. Which aspects of God’s nature are growing on you?
2. Are you afraid of God turning you away?
3. What would give you greater confidence in his acceptance of you?

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 next 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