Mental Dispositions

Psalm 27:8… My heart has heard you say, ‘Come and talk with me, O my people.’ And my heart responds, ‘Lord, I am coming’” (TLB).

I want to talk to you very briefly about your mental disposition in the time of crisis. Looking at this psalm we see two distinct parts. In verses 1-6, faith is dominant. When everything is going well, our faith is full of confidence. The Lord is my “light”, “salvation,” and “strength” (Psalm 27:1, 28:7). Faith recognizes that to assault a God-anointed person is fatal to the assailant. The idea is that if the devil or any of his plans try to invade my life, they will stumble and fall. Faith reaches out into our future as well. The Lord who helped us in the past will help us in our future too.  Because of this, a God-anointed man or woman will yearn for more of God in their lives. They want “to behold the beauty of the LORD” (v. 4, KJV). It is His beauty that lifts up our head in a time of crisis. His beauty in our life is more than enough to counter the powerful temptations that come against us. No righteousness other than God’s shall be able to withstand the evil in the days ahead.

In verses 7-14, fear seems to be the dominant disposition. We must remember, there is only a small dividing line between faith and fear. In a time of crisis, what is it that drives you to seek God’s face? Is it faith or is it fear? “A fear that soars is faith; and a faith that sinks is fear” (W. Graham Scroggie). When faith fails, often the vocabulary that comes out of our mouth changes. Is it faith or fear that calls out for God’s mercy in verse 7? Is it faith or fear that drives our minds to call our spirit to seek God’s face in verse 8? Note Psalm 27:8: “My heart has heard you say, ‘Come and talk with me, O my people.’ And my heart responds, ‘Lord, I am coming’” (TLB). Is it your faith or your fear that says, “I am coming, Lord?” Is it faith or fear that calls for acceptance in verses 9-10? The words “hide not thy face” in verse 9 refer to refusing a case as a judge that refuses to hear your case. God will not refuse to hear you when you hurt. Is it faith or fear that calls for guidance and teaching in verse 11? Is it faith or fear that calls for deliverance in verse 12? These are good questions…

In verses 13-14 we see that fear can bring a collapse (fainting, a caving in), but faith believes it will see the goodness of the Lord operating in life. The word “goodness” refers to the best, that is, everything going well for you and producing gladness. Faith will bring this into your life. It doesn’t do any good to fall apart. If you do, you have two problems, your crisis and your collapse. This psalm teaches us to stay strong and above the turmoil (crisis).

It is also important to talk to your soul in good times and in times of crisis. “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD” (v. 14, KJV). God will strengthen your heart (spirit). Battles are won in the spirit. Both faith and fear resides there. People who have a strong sense of God in their lives tend to be healthier in spirit, soul, and body. They experience less fear, less depression, and they recover more quickly. That’s what this lesson is all about. It’s about caring for your spirit. A good question to ask is this: “Is it faith or is it fear that drives your heart to call, “I am coming, Lord”? Choose faith over fear.

(Adapted from W. Graham Scroggie’s book, “A Guide to the Psalms”)

Pastor George Belobaba

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