Scripture: Psalm 27
Key verses: (1-2)
1 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?
2 When evildoers assail me
to devour my flesh —
my adversaries and foes —
they shall stumble and fall.
Reflection: This is my absolute favorite psalm. I memorized it, cross-stitched it and whispered it over and over and over again. The Psalmist goes back-and-forth between expressions of confident faith and expressing fear. I think we can identify with that mixture of emotions these days. We have loved time with family or time to just stop but we are afraid. Afraid of the unknown, afraid of open schedules and we are afraid of this virus. 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 trusts God.
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. This psalm got me through high school when I didn’t think I could make it through the day because I was overwhelmed and over committed. It is also the psalm I uttered when I woke up this morning and know I am staying at home today. What is helping you get through your days?
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].