Learning on the Way
As mentioned in the sermon, darkness creates uncertainty and fear because we can’t be sure what is “out there” in the dark. David calls the Lord “light “and Jesus calls himself light (e.g., John 8:12, 9:5) Jesus also says that “whoever follows me will never walk in darkness.” How does faith in Jesus remove all uncertainty about the future? What does this light reveal about our adversaries? What does it reveal about our worldly challenges? How should (or can) the light of Jesus alleviate our fears and give us greater confidence?
Verse 5 and 6 say “He will lift me high upon a rock and now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me.” This suggests that God gives us a different perspective, as if we are in an elevated place in the world, removed from the temporary, worldly fights in culture, politics, etc. How does your faith give you confidence to rise above the temporary cultural and political fights? Does this give you peace?
In verse 6, David suggests that while his enemies surround him, he will be in God’s tent worshipping, and giving to, God. Do you ever turn to God in worship when you feel you are surrounded by enemies? Is this because you have faith and confidence in the Gospel and God’s victory and want to worship God? Or is this to make you feel good (or better) about your situation? Is there a difference, even if it is a subtle one?
David says there is one thing he will seek – God – to dwell in his house, to gaze upon his beauty, and to inquire in his temple. Have you ever pursued anything single-mindedly? For example, a career, relationship, educational, health or financial goal? What was this like? Can you say there has ever been a time in your life where you truly and single-mindedly pursued God – do you do this now? Do you find this to be difficult? If so, why do you think it is?