Yesterday’s verse spoke of our desire to dwell in the house of the Lord, to behold His beauty, and to meditate in His temple. Today we look at the result in the next two verses: “For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock. And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.” (Ps 27:5-6)
In the day of trouble, we know we can trust the Lord. Over a thousand years later, Jesus said: “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
So we know that trouble will come – it’s a given. Our choice is what we will do when trouble comes: will we look to the sinful world for help or to our merciful Lord of grace? “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” (Ps 91:1) The Lord will provide His covering for us as He always has (He will conceal me), and will make certain that our feet are planted on solid ground (He will lift me up on a rock).
Not only will our feet be set on solid rock, but “my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me” (v 6a). Because the Lord is with us, our ability to see the whole picture is better than our enemies have. When we are with the Lord, we have the advantage because He provides it.
Because we know what He will and has done for us, we have hope for which we should shout for joy and sing praises to the Lord, our God! “Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.” (Heb 13:15)