Seek My Face
A Sermon on Psalms 27:1-14Read more
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.
Additional Scripture Translations
Psalms 27:1-14, New American Standard Bible
A Psalm of Fearless Trust in God.
A Psalm of David.
1The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom should I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life;
Whom should I dread?
2When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh,
My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
3If an army encamps against me,
My heart will not fear;
If war arises against me,
In spite of this I am confident.
4One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord
And to meditate in His temple.
5For on the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle;
He will hide me in the secret place of His tent;
He will lift me up on a rock.
6And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
And I will offer sacrifices in His tent with shouts of joy;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.
7Hear, Lord, when I cry with my voice,
And be gracious to me and answer me.
8When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You,
“I shall seek Your face, Lord.”
9Do not hide Your face from me,
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not abandon me nor forsake me,
God of my salvation!
10For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
But the Lord will take me up.
11Teach me Your way, Lord,
And lead me on a level path
Because of my enemies.
12Do not turn me over to the desire of my enemies,
For false witnesses have risen against me,
And the violent witness.
13I certainly believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
14Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord.
Psalms 27:1-14, King James Version
A Psalm of David.
1The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
2When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
3Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
4One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.
5For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
6And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.
7Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
8When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
9Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
10When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.
11Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
12Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.
13I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
14Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.