November 16, 2023

Psalm 27:1-14

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 evildoers assail me
          to devour my flesh —
    my adversaries and foes —
          they shall stumble and fall.

3   Though an army encamp against me,
          my heart shall not fear;
    though war rise up against me,
          yet I will be confident.

4   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.

5   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.

6   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.

7   Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud,
          be gracious to me and answer me!
8   “Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!”
          Your face, LORD, do I seek.
9        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!
10   If my father and mother forsake me,
          the LORD will take me up.

11  Teach me your way, O LORD,
          and lead me on a level path
          because of my enemies.
12  Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries,
          for false witnesses have risen against me,
          and they are breathing out violence.

13  I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD
          in the land of the living.
14   Wait for the LORD;
          be strong, and let your heart take courage;
          wait for the LORD!


O God,
You are the stronghold of our lives. But God, there are so many things going on in our world so many heavy and hard things to hold. Help us to be strong and courageous during this time. When all the things of life begin to feel big, may we always return to your love and light so that we may be confident in the days ahead. O God, do not hide your face from us. May we always feel your spirit and crafting hands in our lives. Finally, O God, help us to believe in your goodness in our lives and in our world. May our hearts always take courage in your love and light.

Written by Caroline Eader (she/her/hers), Alum of Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA)

and second year student at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

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