It is difficult to worship God when people let you down. It is a common experience for you and I as believers to attempt to worship God but find it impossible because our minds are saturated with thoughts of animosity about another person. This is especially difficult when the other person happens to be a close family member or friend.
Psalm 27 was written by King David, and is directed towards those who have a desire to praise and worship God but cannot do so because they have been wronged by others. There are three categories of people who can let you down and by so doing, hinder your worship.
1. WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR FOES TURN ON YOU
This problem is addressed in Psalm 27:2-3, as well as verse 6, along with verses 11-12. It may be a misnomer to say that “your enemies let you down,” since you expect them to do so.
Psalm 27:2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
Psalm 27:3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
Psalm 27:6 And 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.
Psalm 27:11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
Psalm 27:12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.
2. WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR FAMILY TURNS ON YOU
When believers (you and I) are forsaken by family members we should fall back on the blessed truth that the spiritual ties in the family of God are much stronger and secure than the temporal bonds of our earthly family. There is a great blessing for us the believers who retreat to the house of God and the people of God during those times when the family forsakes us.
When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up. These are comforting words but very difficult to practice. There are few situations in life which bear a greater impact than alienation from one’s own family. Jesus said, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:26.
Does not hate: The essence of discipleship is giving Christ first place. To “hate” one’s family and one’s life is rhetorical. It refers to desiring something less than something else. This instruction was appropriate in Jesus’ day, since a decision for Jesus could mean rejection by family and persecution even to the point of death. Those who feared family disapproval or persecution would not come to Jesus.
3. WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR FRIEND TURNS ON YOU
There is a pain which may cut deeper in the soul than that wound inflicted by the loss of family members. It is the pain which has been inflicted by the betrayal of a close friend.
Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.
A Divine Plan? This fact is important to remember. Whether it is with David or Jesus Christ, even you, the betrayal by a trusted friend is still a part of God’s Divine plan. Do we really believe that the betrayal by a friend could possibly be a part of the “all things”
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Realizing these three points then the Psalmist directs our steps:
Step 1 Seek the Lord (Psalm 27:4,8)
Step 2 Sing to the Lord (Psalm 27)
Step 3 Serve the Lord (Psalm 27:9)
Step 4 See the Lord (Psalm 27:13)
Step 5 Stop for the Lord (Psalm 27:14) wait, wait
When you and I are under attack or have been forsaken by friends and family, it is difficult to wait. But the believer who would really worship God must stop. Psalm 27:14 wait until he/she see Psalm 27:13 the goodness of the Lord. Human disappointments are God’s way of bringing us back to Divine appointments.
If you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, there is no better time than right now to ask Him to forgive your sins and be the Lord of your life from this moment forward and for all of eternity.