Read Psalm 27

 

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 evildoers assail me to devour my flesh– my adversaries and foes—

             they shall stumble and fall.

Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear;

             though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident.

One thing I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after:

             to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,

             to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire 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 set me high on a rock.

Now my head is 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!

“Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!” Your face, LORD, do I seek.

Do not hide your face from me.

Do not turn your servant away in anger, you who have been my help.

Do not cast me off, do not forsake me, O God of my salvation!

If my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will take me up.

Teach me your way, O LORD, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies.

Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries,

             for false witnesses have risen against me, and they are breathing out violence.

I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! (NRSV)

 

  —from Rev. Richard Flowers, Shady Spring, WV

 

            Get ready.  Get set.  Go.

 

            The “Go” part we do well.  The “Get Set,” not too bad.  It’s the “Get Ready” part we don’t do.  We’re in too big a hurry.

 

            Psalm 27 would have us slow down and concentrate on God.  “The Lord,” begins the Psalm and ends it.  The Psalmist begins by talking about  the Lord – glory, strength, beauty.  Then the Psalmist transitions to talking to the Lord—about need, searching, weakness.

 

            In Lent we prepare for Passion and Easter.  Psalm 27 helps us recognize our great need for the powerful grace of God.  “Even God can do nothing with someone who can stand before the great holiness and perfection of God and not see their own sinfulness.” 

 

            Get ready by actively “waiting” for the Lord.

 

Help us to gain patience, O Lord, in our search for resurrection life.

Give us the grace to slow down, and to grow closer to you.

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