Making It Personal

Psalm 27:10 is a comforting verse regarding God’s commitment to his children: “For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the LORD will take me up.”  David had just prayed in the previous verse, “Do not abandon nor forsake me, O God of my salvation.” He uses the same Hebrew word for “forsaken” here in :10. He knows that God will NOT do that, but will “take him up” — a word that means “gather”, and implies protection (BDB).  One of the most significant things about this verse, however, is how PERSONAL it is:

Notice all of the uses of the 1st person singular in Psalm 27:10: “I”, “I”, “me”, “me.” This is important. David is not not writing any “abstract theology” here. He is talking about who God really is to HIM personally; what He will do for HIM. It is very personal.

We need to make sure that we do the same thing. It is not enough to “know some facts” about God. We need to have faith that He will do what the Bible promises for US. Don’t just learn some theological facts about the Lord. James 2:19 challenges us: “You believe that God is one? You do well; the demons also believe and shudder.”  We need to do more than merely know some facts — we must place our personal trust and confidence in God to work in our lives, and in our personal situation.

The most important area for you to apply this is regarding your salvation. Do not merely believe that “Jesus died for the world.” Believe that He died for YOUR sins. Trust Him as YOUR Lord & Savior. Then begin to apply the promises of scripture to your own life as you read His word daily. But make it personal. Like David, believe that God will do what He says in His word FOR ME!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog,, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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