Psalm 27. Prayer is worship

We have an ancient resource which can sustain us through lockdown, health struggles and fear. It is not therapy, thinking or the latest mindfulness apps but worship done well. David, in this Psalm teaches us how to enrich the worship of our churches and our lives to the point that we grow in confidence that God is our safety, that we shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. [Audio | Notes]

Michael Flynn


Psalm 27

Psalm 27 | Worship is longing

Worship is what we most seek / a glimpse of joy

I will be confident (1-3)

For one thing I seek (4-5)

– Beauty (4) , Safety (5), Security (5) , Joy (6)

Your face (7-11)

So I remain confident (12-13)

For further thought

Q: What qualities of worship stand out to you in this Psalm?

Q: What are the effects of the worship in this Psalm?

Q: What problems are described in the Psalm?

Q: The Bible often warns about false or ineffective worship (e.g. Isaiah 58.2-5 or Matthew 23.13-26). What are examples of false or ineffective worship in our time?

Q: Have you seen examples of the kind of worship we see in this Psalm in our time?

Q: How can our worship change to reflect the longing for God seen in Psalm 27?