Scripture: Psalm 27
Key verses: (1, 13, 14)
1The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold[a] of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
13I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord
Reflection: Fear, in my opinion, creeps in with the capacity to take over. It is one of the most difficult aspects of the human experience. As a young adult, I absolutely loved Halloween but especially haunted houses. We would search out the best haunted houses from an old state prison to the abandoned strip mall. Every year, my friend Greg and I would search for something more real and even creepier. Maybe life got more real as we got older but for whatever reason, I don’t need that feeling anymore. There are some things that are simply frightening enough in life.
It’s one thing for us to feel fear; it’s another thing for us to live in fear. Fear cannot occupy our whole lives. Part of the problem with fear is what it does to us when we give it that much power. Other times, fear knocks us on our back and we cannot even move. This psalm got me through high school when I didn’t think I could make it through the day. I would repeat the first line over and over again. Even with a confident faith, my fear was consuming me. I would cry out and even yell at God because the psalmist did the same and it got me through the hardest days.
The Psalm goes back-and-forth between expressions of confident faith and the fear we all feel at times. At the end, the Psalmist makes one of the great declarations of faith in the Bible. He says, “I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (Ps. 27:13) Here and now. The Psalmist’s faith is such that he trusts God. The next verse is the waiting and I believe that is faith.
Prayer: Merciful God, remove the fear from living in my heart and shine light within so that I might shine your light. In the name of the one who is our Light. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[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].