Psalm 27:1-6 [NLT]
The Lord is my light and my salvation—
so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble?
2 When evil people come to devour me,
when my enemies and foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.
3 Though a mighty army surrounds me,
my heart will not be afraid.
Even if I am attacked,
I will remain confident.
4 The one thing I ask of the Lord—
the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
delighting in the Lord’s perfections
and meditating in his Temple.
5 For he will conceal me there when troubles come;
he will hide me in his sanctuary.
He will place me out of reach on a high rock.
6 Then I will hold my head high
above my enemies who surround me.
At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy,
singing and praising the Lord with music.
7 Hear me as I pray, O Lord.
Be merciful and answer me!
“So why should I be afraid?” The question is implied right, maybe not for David but it sure is for me. I’m afraid! Health issues, financial issues, relational issues, emotional issues, spiritual issues, you pick. And then I loose sight of Jesus, my light, my salvation, yeah I’m afraid!
“So why should I tremble?” The question is implied right, maybe not for David but it sure is for me. I tremble. While my tremble is worry, being anxious, having more questions than answers. I tremble. Instead of getting behind Jesus, I tend to build my own forts to hide in. My forts are cardboard compared to God’s fortress. But I’m building them all the time. I don’t turn to God often enough, I don’t trust God deep enough. BUT, like David at the end of the day, I have BUT one prayer, one thing I seek. Jesus! Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me! Give me Jesus, #Immanuel, God is with us. Today as I look at snow capped mountains, tomorrow as I walk along the shore at the ocean, may I experience Your might again, restore my salvation, teach me to trust You more, and to trust You more often.
From “Songs of Jesus” -Timothy and Kathy Keller
THE BEAUTY OF GOD. Is there certain music that gives you deep joy? Is there a view or landscape that does the same? If someone says, “What is the use of that?” you answer that the music or landscape is not a means to some other end but profoundly satisfying in itself. David’s supreme priority is “to gaze on the beauty of the Lord” (verse 4). “Gazing” is not a one-time glimpse but a steady, sustained focus. It is not petitionary prayer but praising, admiring, and enjoying God just for who he is. David finds God beautiful, not just useful for attaining goods. To sense God’s beauty in the heart is to have such pleasure in him that you rest content.
Prayer: Lord, it is no exaggeration to say that there is only one thing that I really need in life, and I ask for it now. It is to not merely believe in you but in prayer and experience to see and sense your beauty. Let me love you for yourself alone. Amen.