During the month of Elul we read Psalm 27 every day in order to prepare for the High Holy Days. But why this particular Psalm? Perhaps it is because psalm 27 reflects our lives as we approach the Days of Awe. The Psalm begins with words of great confidence: the Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear? The first three verses exude trust and confidence in God. The writer is saying that no matter what my circumstances might be, God will be with me and he will guide me and he will deliver me. However, in verse 9 the writer seems to have a different attitude: Do 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, O God of my salvation!
He pleads with God not to hide his face from him; not to abandon him; not to be angry with him. What has happened to the confidence? I think that the key is in the last verse which reads: Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes wait for the Lord.
Confidence is not independance. Confidence is not self righteousness. When we have confidence in the Lord we identify with him. This means that we have such intimacy with God that we can say that the light that I have is the light of the Lord. He does not only provide deliverance for me but he himself is the deliverance. This unique unity with God causes us to face every challenge; every relationship; every thing and every situation with God as the mediator. As followers of the Messiah of Israel, we know that he is the mediator between God and ourselves but he is also the mediator in everything else. Yeshua comes between us and every situation. He comes between us and every relationship. Everything is mediated through him. In the midst of a problem we cry to God as a child cries to his father. A child runs to his father because he knows that he can count on him. He runs to his father – not to try to convince him to help – but because he is assured of his help. This is what it means to be dependant on God. this is what it means to be identified with God – to be “in Messiah.” When we “wait on the Lord” we are waiting with confidence for his deliverance in whatever form it might come. During the days of preparation in this season of repentance, we are confident of the forgiveness of God because of the atonement for our sins made by the Messiah. Yet at the same time we come before him knowing that we have sinned and that we are fallen people. As king David wrote in Psalm 51 “my sin is ever before me.” Let us come with confidence to the Lord that he will not reject us; he will not forsake us. Rather he will cleanse us and make us whole and new again. as the writer of Hebrews says,
Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Yeshua, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; Heb. 10:19-22