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Psalm 27

18 Oct

Of David

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?

When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.

Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.

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.

For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.

Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.

Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me.

My heart says of you, “Seek his face! ” Your face, Lord, I will seek.

Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Savior.

Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.

Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.

Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations.

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 take heart and wait for the Lord .

Psalm 27

Dear God, this is another instance of a verse meaning something different in isolation than it does when taken as part of the whole. The “verse of the day” from Bible Gateway was the last one. And that’s a good one. “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Wait, wait, wait. It takes courage to wait (a lesson Saul learned when he didn’t wait for Samuel). It takes strength. That’s good stuff. But what was driving these sentiments from the psalmist (David)?

In this case, David is talking a lot about actual war. He sounds nervous and maybe even a little afraid. It makes me think of the line from Hamilton that gets repeated over and over again: “I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory. Is this where it gets me?” But David throws this one line in here that covers every possible outcome:

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.

Father, there are some days when it feels like everything is stacked against me. People. Circumstances. Challenges. And it’s possible I might fail. I don’t know how it will end on this earth, but I have complete faith for what happens for eternity. So I will wait on you. I will be strong and courageous and wait.

In Jesus’s name I pray,

Amen

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2020 in Psalms

 

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