“The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom should I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom should I be afraid? I have asked one thing from the Lord ; it is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, gazing on the beauty of the Lord and seeking Him in His temple. Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord cares for me. I am certain that I will see the Lord ’s goodness in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord ; be strong and courageous. Wait for the Lord.” Psalms 27:1, 4-4, 10, 13-14
Psalm 27, written by David, proclaims his boldness, because of God’s goodness. David says, because God is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? Because God is my Rock-my Stronghold-my hiding place, what reason do I have for being afraid?
He says that there’s only one thing I lack-only one thing I desire from the Lord: to live in His Presence or to live in constant communion with Him. David desired pure, unbroken fellowship with God. He said, “this is what I seek”. He wanted to stay in a place spiritually where he’d never forget God’s beauty. Incidently, that “place” is called gratitude. Those who have a thankful heart never forget God’s goodness and beauty!
David says, “even if mom and dad abandon me, God will stick with me”! That’s something to remember on a lonely day! He then expresses his certainty that he’ll see God’s goodness in this life, and I am certain that we will too!
Finally, David ends with good advice to himself and to us, his readers. He says, “wait for the Lord, and while you wait, be strong and courageous!” In general, when the Bible tells us to wait, it doesn’t mean to hunker down and hold on in fear, it means to continue serving God, like a waiter serves a table, and to have confidence in His ability to move on our behalf. What great advise this is! God’s no different now than He was then. He still loves us! He still protects and provides for us! Cry out to Him with your needs! Be confident in His ability and willingness to save you, and keep serving Him in the meantime!
Think about it!
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