Scripture: Psalm 27
Key verse: (1) “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?”
Reflection: In our psalm today, King David is celebrating his confidence in the LORD. David spent a lot of time fighting enemies. He writes about enemies all around him — armies camped outside ready to attack and internal fears within. So, he reminds himself repeatedly who is the source of his confidence and trust. This psalm contains a mix of affirmations and grateful praise to God, expressing both what David believes and what he hopes God will do for him. This is what he affirms:
*The LORD is my light and my salvation; the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I fear?
*When I am surrounded by enemies I will be confident – because I know the LORD – I seek God, reflect on God, and inquire about the things of God
*The LORD is a refuge and the one who hears his prayers
*Teach me your way and show me the way to go
*Wait for the LORD; be strong, take courage
How might our lives be different if we prayed these affirmations found in this psalm When we are afraid it’s important to remember what we believe and who we believe in. Psalm 27 is one reminder. It assures us that we can turn to God on the brightest day or in the darkest night. The LORD is with us. This doesn’t mean we will be immune to fear. Fear is a normal part of life. But, it does mean that we will be grounded in and anchored to God who is greater than our fear.
Prayer: O Lord, help us be confident in prayer knowing that you hear us. As we rely more and more on you, remind us that you are our light and refuge from all that challenges us. May we continue to serve you faithfully. Give us strength and courage to face the day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].