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“God is the stronghold of our lives”

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Psalm 27 (TNIV)- 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 tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.  Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle 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 Savior. 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: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.  Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

Reflection: The writer of this psalm, King David, knew reason for fear better than most.  He had been anointed king at the age of 16 but didn’t become king until the age of 30.  In the interim, he was the number one fugitive in Israel, hiding from the wrath of Saul and his attempts to kill him.  Even after he became king, his life was threatened again by the revolt of his own son, Absalom.  In his times of fleeing, he continued to wait upon the Lord- “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”  Each time as he waited, God remained faithful, continually inviting David into His presence- refreshing, renewing and teaching David much about a life together with Him.  David’s confidence was in God, and God proved to be David’s stronghold, never abandoning him and granting him victory after victory.

Our circumstances should never be what define our life.  When we are intimidated by people, or discouraged by various situations, God’s presence becomes our light that chases away the shadows of despair.  Our answer during these times does not come from our manipulation of the circumstance, but rather, from trusting in God’s presence and knowing that He is sovereign and in control.  As we seek His presence, we will grow in confidence, knowing He is by our side.  Our God is our fortress, the stronghold of our lives!  

Responding to the Transmission: Spend time throughout the day meditating and reciting Psalm 27, particularly the opening sentences: 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?  Pray that you may live more in His presence, knowing that He is truly the stronghold of our lives.

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