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The Rev. Christopher Parrish: Sermon on Psalm 27:1-3

June 29, 2007

Preaching at St. Luke’s REC in California this past Sunday, the Rev. Christopher Parrish had a message on Psalm 27:1-3 which is truly an encouraging sermon. He does an excellent job of exegeting the Hebrew text, and I found this to be excellent. But the close of this sermon is what I particularly appreciated–because it is both encouragement and warning:

Verse 3 extends the opposition further – though there be a whole army of enemies against the speaker, he will still have no fear, not even if a war is waged against him. This verse sounds incredible, and seems to speak of a far-fetched situation! These descriptions, we must remember, arose from the experience of a man (David) who had the whole army of King Saul hunting for him at one stage, and he had to learn to put his whole confidence in God. For us, this bold statement of faith is very necessary in the context of our Christian faith! When we follow the Lord Jesus, on the path of life He calls us to follow Him, we shall experience extreme opposition from Satan and his demonic hosts. Remember the importance of Ephesians 6:10-20. Satan will do everything to distract us, terrify us, tempt us, discourage us and oppose us in every way possible. Therefore we must exercise the same bold faith and determination of the speaker in this psalm!

I encourage you all today to be bold in your faith and determined to follow our Lord Jesus Christ, and to stand firm against all this spiritual opposition which Satan brings against you! It can be sickness, or depression, or discouragement, or slander, or family misunderstanding you, or colleagues maligning you and hindering your work, it can be financial circumstances, loss of a job, and many other troubles that Satan can use to undermine your faith in God’s power to save you and establish you!

Wise counsel this is indeed, and I commend the whole sermon to you.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 29, 2007 4:36 pm

    During sermons, I sometimes begin to squirm when Hebrew and Greek translation references start to predominate. Throw in some esoteric tense references and the squirm becomes a fidget.

    Having said that…I really found this sermon on only three verses to be quite interesting and learned some things. I’m not sure who the Rev. Parrish is but my appreciation goes to him.

    Blessed weekend to all.

  2. June 30, 2007 12:19 am

    I’m not sure who Rev. Parrish is either; he has preached at St. Luke’s before occasionally, but I don’t know if he is on staff there or somewhere else. Whoever he is, he is not a bad preacher!

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