Thursday, October 18, 2007

Psalm 27

1 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?

2 When evil men advance against me
to devour my flesh,
when my enemies and my foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.

3 Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then will I be confident.

4 One thing I ask of the LORD,
this is what I seek:
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 seek him in his temple.

5 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.

6 Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the LORD.

7 Hear my voice when I call, O LORD;
be merciful to me and answer me.

8 My heart says of you, "Seek his face!"
Your face, LORD, I will seek.

9 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,
O God my Savior.

10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
the LORD will receive me.

11 Teach me your way, O LORD;
lead me in a straight path
because of my oppressors.

12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
breathing out violence.

13 I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living.

14 Wait for the LORD;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the LORD.

Does God ever give you scripture? He gifts me with this all the time. A dear friend sent me this Psalm earlier this week (thank you, Erin!) And last night I came across it in a fiction book I am reading. I don't believe in coincidences. God is way too in control for me to believe that these things just happen....ALL THE TIME??? (Earlier this week the same thing happened with Psalm 78)

This Psalm deals with spiritual warfare. Again... Of not being afraid even though the enemy is advancing. No matter what happens, no matter who turns against me, my God will be there. Humans will always fail us at one point or another, but my God will never leave me. He is my stronghold! A stronghold is defined as a fortified place or refuge. Wow, God is my refuge. That's one of those themes repeated a lot in the Bible. As a wonderful pastor once told a congregation, "If God repeats himself, you'd better listen!" Amen.


Dawn said...


Our 7 Blessings from God said...

Tonnie, Thanks for sharing that verse. I needed to hear it!
late august dtc lurker that loves your blog and checks it almost daily