Whom Shall I Fear? — David Browder

hidingSermon for the 21st Sunday after Trinity, October 20, 2013 by the Rev’d David Browder.

Psalm 27

HE LORD is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? * the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid? 2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, * they stumbled and fell. 3 Though an host of men were laid against me, yet shall not my heart be afraid; * and though there rose up war against me, yet will I put my trust in him. 4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, which I will require; * even that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the fair beauty of the LORD, and to visit his temple. 5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his tabernacle; * yea, in the secret place of his dwelling shall he hide me, and set me up upon a rock of stone. 6 And now shall he lift up mine head * above mine enemies round about me. 7 Therefore will I offer in his dwelling an oblation, with great gladness: * I will sing and speak praises unto the LORD. 8 Hearken unto my voice, O LORD, when I cry unto thee; * have mercy upon me, and hear me. 9 My heart hath talked of thee, Seek ye my face: * Thy face, LORD, will I seek. 10 O hide not thou thy face from me, * nor cast thy servant away in displeasure. 11 Thou hast been my succour; * leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. 12 When my father and my mother forsake me, * the LORD taketh me up. 13 Teach me thy way, O LORD, * and lead me in the right way, because of mine enemies. 14 Deliver me not over into the will of mine adversaries: * for there are false witnesses risen up against me, and such as speak wrong. 15 I should utterly have fainted, * but that I believe verily to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. 16 O tarry thou the LORD’S leisure; * be strong, and he shall comfort thine heart; and put thou thy trust in the LORD.