The Book of Psalms
When you consider your problems, where do you begin? Working from Psalm 27:1-14, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones tells us that most often, we begin with our problems and then move toward the Lord. However, we ought to follow the psalmist’s example and begin with God and heaven, then move to our problems in light of those things. When we pray, we ought not begin with our petitions, but begin with praise and adoration of the Lord, gazing on his beauty and excellence. Why? Dr. Lloyd-Jones unfolds to us through this psalm that God’s unchanging character, his goodness, and excellence changes our perspective. Nothing is so big and so awful when we look at it in regard to who the Lord is. Then we must make our requests known to the Lord, having full confidence that he is greater than our problems and fully capable of ruling over them.