Read Psalm 27 today.
Why is the psalmist unafraid?
Who does the psalmist seek? How so?
According to the psalmist, how should we handle the “enemies” in our life?
God hears and listens to our fears.
As you reflect on this, pray in these ways and any other way the Holy Spirit leads.
For God’s strength and power against the enemies in your life, who can take on many different forms.
For the ability to discern and see our enemies, asking God to respond to them and defeat them.
That we would be able to speak our anxieties and fears to the Lord.
For God’s comfort as we courageously seek him.
That we would be patient and merciful with the fears of others, and to stand with them in truth and mercy.
That we would respond to the fears of others, helping to provide a way out of harmful, abusive, and dangerous situations.
David’s poetic praise to God before he was anointed king
1 Yahweh is my revelation-light
and the source of my salvation.
I fear no one!
I’ll never turn back and run, for you, Yahweh,
surround and protect me.
2 When evil ones come to destroy me,
they will be the ones who turn back.
3 My heart will not fear even if an army rises to attack.
I will not be shaken, even if war is imminent.
4 Here’s the one thing I crave from Yahweh,
the one thing I seek above all else:
I want to live with him every moment in his house,
beholding the marvelous beauty of Yahweh,
filled with awe, delighting in his glory and grace.
I want to contemplate in his temple.
5-6In the day of trouble, he will treasure me in his shelter,
under the cover of his tent.
He will lift me high upon a rock,
out of reach from all my enemies who surround me.
Triumphant now, I’ll bring him my offerings of praise,
singing and shouting with ecstatic joy!
Yes, I will sing praises to Yahweh!
7 Hear my cry. Show me mercy, and send the help I need!
8 I heard your voice in my heart say, “Come, seek my face;”
my inner being responded,
“Yahweh, I’m seeking your face with all my heart.”
9 So don’t turn your face away from me.
You’re the God of my salvation;
how can you reject your servant in anger?
You’ve been my only hope,
so don’t forsake me now when I need you!
10My father and mother abandoned me.
But you, Yahweh, took me in and made me yours.
11Now teach me, Yahweh, all about your ways and tell me what to do.
Make it clear for me to understand,
for I am surrounded by waiting enemies.
12Don’t let them defeat me, Lord.
You can’t let me fall into their clutches!
They keep accusing me of things I’ve never done,
breathing out violence against me.
13Yet I believe with all my heart
that I will see again your goodness, Yahweh, in the land of life eternal!
14Here’s what I’ve learned through it all:
Don’t give up; don’t be impatient;
be entwined as one with the Lord.
Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope.
Yes, keep on waiting--for he will never disappoint you!
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