Life Group Bible Study for Psalm 27

The Despair of Loss

Loss is a common theme that every single person either has experienced, is experiencing, or will experience. It can come in a variety of life circumstances. These include the death of a loved one, illness, injury, financial disaster, loss of a job, loss of a relationship, or rejection by someone who is important to you.

Psalm 27 is written at a time when David is dealing with one or multiple heavy losses.

Read Psalm 27 and take note of the verses that indicate the various types of loss David faces. 

  • Safety
  • Freedom
  • Home
  • Family
  • Job/income
  • Reputation

Dealing with Rejection

Many people can identify strongly with Psalm 27:10. Rejection can be the most painful form of loss. Apparently, there is a deep wound in David’s heart where he has felt the rejection of his own father.

A different type of rejection occurs when a person loses his position in life. Almost all of us will face this type of loss in our lifetime.

There was a very interesting conversation on talk radio recently. Three prominent leaders from different spheres of influence spoke about dealing with the loss of their leadership positions. The hurt they experienced and the necessity of relying on God to deal with rejection was a theme for all three men.

Listen to the full conversation below.

Please Note: The complete discussion above contains political opinions from the commentators. The conversation with David Chadwick and Matt Doherty referenced in this discussion begins at the 26-minute mark. This should not be considered an endorsement of any political figure or point of view.

  • What are some important things you have lost in life?
  • Did your confidence in the Lord grow or shrink in the face of that loss?

Confidence in the Lord

Psalm 27 begins with a statement of confidence.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

David’s confidence in the face of fear is based totally and completely in the Lord, not in his own flesh.

It is significant that David calls Yahweh his “light.” This is the only place in the Old Testament where Yahweh himself is called the light, but that theme explodes when Jesus begins to teach people about his identity in the New Testament.

Just as the theme of the shepherd is repeated by Jesus in the Gospel of John, so also is the theme of light.

As David flees for his life, he faces the trials of loss and rejection. From the point of despair, he prophesies about the ultimate salvation that will come from his own descendant.

Our goal in every type of trial should echo Psalm 27:4.

“One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.”

David’s confidence even extends beyond the face of death. Psalm 27:13-14 says:

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and sake heart and wait for the Lord.”

Discussion Questions 

  • What is meant when David calls Yahweh his “light?”
  • What difference did a relationship with God make in a trial you faced this year?
  • How has your appreciation of the beauty and security of the Lord increased?
  • How would you rate your own confidence in the Lord? 

Accountability Time 

Ask these questions of your group as you begin to work to identify where they are at in the discipleship pathways that were spoken about at Leadership Summit on September 15th. Keep in mind that we are not merely interested in box checking religious acts. We are seeking to shepherd group members to evaluate how their measurable actions reflect their personal journeys of faith.

These questions will be on the discussion guide each week, so if you don’t get to all of them, you will have a chance over the next few weeks. If you need more information on that as a discussion leader, please contact Jonathan Pugh.

  • Have you come to a place in your life where you can say that you have trusted God for salvation?
  • Have you publicly stated that faith through believers’ baptism?
  • In what ways are you serving God with your time?
  • How are you making prayer a part of your daily life?
  • How is your personal Bible study going this week?
  • Have you been able to talk about faith with somebody outside of church this week?
  • How are you currently being led to give of your resources to God’s work?

End group time in prayer.  

You may pray in a large group or break your group into smaller groups of 3-4. Allow people to request prayer for one personal need and one burden where they would like to see the Gospel advance.

Related Message: Fear and Courage

Jonathan Pugh

Associate Pastor: Life Groups & Church Partnership
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