Psalm 27

Already October? The Spring time is well and truly here, and although we have waited expectantly for it all year, it is easy to watch it fly by as life gets busy. The month for me has been a crazy one, but I was reflecting this morning on what it looks like to just be thankful. Thankful for what the Lord has spoken this year. Thankful for his provision this year. Thankful for where he is leading me next year. Thankful for seasons, thankful for deserts, thankful for hope. Hope is a powerful thing. It holds onto the pure good in a world littered with evil. It gives us purpose and a future.Β 

I thought today, in light of all things, to read through this Psalm. It’s a beautiful reflection of having all we need in the Lord. It shows the human hunger for God, and perhaps my favourite reflection at the end – that the practice of ‘waiting on the Lord’ is where the goodness lies. Let’s grow hope.

– K

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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 the wicked advance against me to devour me,
it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident.

One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.

Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the Lord.

Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
be merciful to me and answer me.
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
Your face, Lord, I will seek.
Do not hide your face from me,
do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
God my saviour.
Though my father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will receive me.
Teach me your way, Lord;
Lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.
Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
spouting malicious accusations.

I remain confident of this:Β 
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.

Wait for the Lord;
Be strong, take heart
and wait for the Lord.

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