Seek My Face

Running Scared Chapter Thirteen Seek My Face Welch’s thirteenth chapter is an exposition of Psalm 27: Worriers should be experts in a handful of passages. The story in Exodus 16 about manna is the basic framework; the worry passages in Matthew 6 and Luke 12 add essential detail. Although other Scriptures won’t change this basic outline, they will dress it up in a way that will bless you. Psalm 27 is a classic (pp. 147-148). The author divides the Psalm into four sections beginning with Confidence. In this section, the psalmist makes a public declaration that the Lord is his light, salvation and stronghold. We are encouraged to focus on the Deliverer more than the deliverance. The second section is One Thing. David asks God for what is most important, that is, nearness to God. David was captivated by the beauty or perfections of who God is. David comes to the prayer in the third section of the Psalm. Welch understands this section, not as a chronological retelling of events, but as happening concurrent with the confidence and seeking. So, David is feeling a contradiction between his situation and his faith in God. Psalm 27 emphasizes the motto, When in doubt, pray. It seems simple, but we don’t. Instead, we worry more and look for ways to gain control of a situation (p. 156). Finally, the psalmist reveals his Confidence. Here he takes his faith public with the priests and the people. Welch wraps up his analysis in this manner: Worry looks for new answers, but it won’t find them in this psalm. This psalm offers no novel techniques. But remember that fear and worry don’t need something new. Instead, fear and worry need to act on what we already know. Do we pray about those things that cause anxiety? Do we precede our prayers with declarations about God, his character, wand his mighty acts, especially as they culminated in Jesus? And do we respond even out loud, publicly to the promise that God will be with us and his kingdom will come? (p.157).

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