Day 46: Psalm 27
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 evildoers assail me
to devour my flesh—
my adversaries and foes—
they shall stumble and fall.
Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war rise up against me,
yet I will be confident.
One thing I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
to live in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord,
and to inquire in his temple.
For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will set me high on a rock.
Now my head is lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.
Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud,
be gracious to me and answer me!
“Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!”
Your face, Lord, do I seek.
Do not hide your face from me.
Do not turn your servant away in anger,
you who have been my help.
Do not cast me off, do not forsake me,
O God of my salvation!
If my father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will take me up.
Teach me your way, O Lord,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries,
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they are breathing out violence.
I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!
Psalm 27 (NRSV)
Psalm 27 has been a favorite Psalm of many Christians, and it is easy to see why. What a great Psalm of praise!
Even in the midst of great trouble David is continually seeking for God. In verse 8 he says, “Seek his face!” Many times it is easy to be concerned about what others might think of us. Too often we allow these fears to control us. David reminds us of the important truth that what really matters is what God thinks of us. He opens by saying, “Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life.”
When we work to please God, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. Today as you pray, seek God’s face. Ask him to give you the courage and desire to please Him and not those around you.
Justin Lewis, Facilities and Young Adult Ministry Director