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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Today’s Reading | 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! (NRSV)


Reflection

“The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?”

This psalm of David is certainly one of great hope and faith. It begins with this familiar text and reminds us that our faith in God will carry us through the worst of times, that we will not be abandoned, that our prayers and praise will be heard, that we will see God’s goodness around us. 

How many times do we face problems and feel that we’re alone? The message in this psalm is that we aren’t alone, that God is always with us, helping guide and protect us. As we experience the good and the challenging in our daily lives, may we always be confident that God will not reject or forsake us.


Prayer

Loving God, please help me sense your guidance, and may I trust that you’ll be with me in all that I face. May I be forever thankful for your presence in my life. Amen.


Written by Claudia Winkler, member of Fourth Presbyterian Church


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