November 6th: Today I give thanks to the Lord for Psalm 27. I know it seems weird to be thankful for something like a bible chapter but Psalm 27 is my backbone. It’s David’s prayer to God about confidence. He reasons with himself about why he can be fearless in the presence of enemies. “The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear?” With God in our corner, whom shall we fear? With God, what challenge can you not take on? Psalm 27 reminds us we are not alone and we have a very powerful ally backing us – God.
You hear that He will never give you more than you can handle; well, Psalm 27 is a great part of the bible to reflect when you have lost confidence. I’ve used it throughout my life. So next time you feel overwhelmed, someone is bringing you down, you have a goal or challenge you want to take on, you are up a great opponent or you’re taking on a stubborn three-year old in the great debate of whether or not the grass is green – just remember 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 the wicked advance against me
to devour[a] me,
it is my enemies and my foes
who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident.
One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.
Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the Lord.
Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
be merciful to me and answer me.
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
Your face, Lord, I will seek.
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,
God my Savior.
Though my father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will receive me.
Teach me your way, Lord;
lead me in a straight path
because of my oppressors.
Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
spouting malicious accusations.
I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.