Psalm 27

As much as I enjoy writing, sometimes, I don’t have the words to express how I feel. Sometimes, I can’t encourage myself, because I can’t find a way to express myself. And in those times, I find that the Word expresses everything that I can’t. And the Psalms are one of the first places I turn when I can’t quite get it out.

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Psalm 27 (ESV)

The 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?
When evildoers assail me
to eat up my flesh,

my adversaries and foes,
    it is they who stumble and fall.

Though an army encamp against me,
    my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
    yet I will be confident.

One thing have I asked of the Lord,
    that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
    and to inquire[c] in his temple.

For he will hide me in his shelter
    in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
    he will lift me high upon a rock.

And now my head shall be lifted up
    above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
    sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
    be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
    “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
    Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
    O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
    O God of my salvation!
10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
    but the Lord will take me in.

11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
    and lead me on a level path
    because of my enemies.
12 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
    for false witnesses have risen against me,
    and they breathe out violence.

13 I believe that I shall look upon 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!

Often times, I find that I stop at verses and don’t read past them when they really touch me. But, I’ve been reading Jen Wilkins “Women of the Word” with some good friends, and I wanted to share this chapter in its entirety.

What scripture has been speaking to you in your time of waiting?

This post is part of the 31 Days Writing Challenge, in which a group of writers post a piece every day for the month of October. 

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2 thoughts on “Psalm 27

  1. Kristi Atkinson says:

    One of my favorite waiting verses is Habbakuk 2:3b:
    “…Though it linger, wait for it;
    it will certainly come
    and will not delay.”
    The context is Habbakuk had just been praying about the atrocities he was noticing in the world.
    “How long, Lord, must I call for help,
    but you do not listen?
    Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
    but you do not save?
    3 Why do you make me look at injustice?
    Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
    Destruction and violence are before me;
    there is strife, and conflict abounds.
    4 Therefore the law is paralyzed,
    and justice never prevails.
    The wicked hem in the righteous,
    so that justice is perverted.”

    And God’s response was, I will be faithful. I will move. I will not be late.

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