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Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Today’s Scripture 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)
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” David starts out with this strong statement of confidence in God, as his source of life, as his deliverer, as his protector. However, fear is present, from evildoers, adversaries, and foes, including war.
In this time of conflict, aggression, and full-out wars in our world, our very core is challenged. To whom or what do we look for courage, for confidence, for protection? Are we confident, as David, was that God will come through? Some days it’s hard to be confident and believe.
This psalm can be the basis for continuing prayer, particularly when we gather in community and collectively call out for peace, for protection of all who are in peril. “I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living,” David says. My prayer is for this to be so.
Dear God of all peoples, I pray for your light and goodness to fill individual hearts and spread across the world this day. Amen.
Written by Arlene Faulk, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church
Reflection and prayer © Fourth Presbyterian Church
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