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!

from Rev. Richard Howard, First Christian Church, Morgantown:

            Where do you best experience God?  Is it a favorite physical place, such as a beach, or a mountain view, or even your own yard?  Do you find God in architecture, such as your local church’s sanctuary or a medieval cathedral?  Or maybe it’s a place in literature where you best experience God.  Psalm 27 is a passage of scripture that can transport us to a special place with God where we know that we are in a beautiful approximation with the divine.  “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?”  What a statement of confidence and trust in God!  There is nothing on earth or in the heavens that will separate us from God’s love.  These verses describe a relationship with God that is intimate and familiar. 

            In this Lenten time, let us proclaim as the psalmist proclaims, that the “One thing I ask of the LORD (is) to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life.”

Loving God, as we journey from our brokenness to your wholeness,
 may you be our constant companion, protecting us on our way,
sharing your wisdom and your strength,
 and rejoicing always in our relationships with you and one another.
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