April is poetry month. I’m celebrating by reflecting on a psalm a day. Join me?
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 eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
it is they who stumble and fall.
3 Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.
4 One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
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 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 lift me high upon a rock.
6 And now my head shall be 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 You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
“Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
9 Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
O God of my salvation!
10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
but the Lord will take me in.
11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
12 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence.
13 I believe that I shall look upon 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!
The positive and joyful recording of this psalm by Karl Kohlhase is great, although the picture is odd! (I think it’s supposed to be an angel army protecting the man who is reading God’s word.) Here’s Luke Lynass with the Psalms Project in a more meditative melody. Here’s a worship song by Jason Silver, and here’s Shane and Shane.
Once again my day interrupted my writing and this didn’t get finished until evening. In the between time, we have had an angst ridden day (the teenager wondering what her life is going to be) and a mother-daughter self defense class. That was interesting, for here we see in the psalm evildoers arising and David will not fear, but be confident. It’s good to know self-defense, to be prepared and have ideas of what to do (don’t get me wrong) but that is of secondary importance to a knowledge of God, seeking God in his glory, yearning to be with him. It reminds me of my favorite Rich Mullins song! The teen doesn’t know what will happen after graduation, the homemaker doesn’t know where her family will move, the mom doesn’t even know what to cook for dinner, but all alike can wait upon the Lord. It is always right to seek him in the confidence that he cares.
All thanks and praise to God!