During a very difficult time in my life, our family had to move to Nairobi so my husband could work there. I was devastated. I had to leave my home, my friends, and my ministry. I met a fellow missionary who had experience with Navigators and who challenged me to check her Bible memorization. I decided to join her and to memorize Psalm 27 as I was waiting for my future to unfold. The first verse presents three pictures for relationship with the Lord, Jesus. Light, salvation and stronghold.
Light helps us see the rocks and holes in the road we are traveling.
Salvation does not mean there is no trouble but I will survive!
Stronghold is a place of protection and safety.
Those were powerful images that carried me through a rough waiting time. As you read this psalm, what pictures speak to your situation? Perhaps underline them and rephrase them so that they zero in on your dynamic. Jesus does shed light on my situation, insight that leads to acceptance.
Jesus partners with me and walks with us through my challenges.
Jesus is the friend who has my back!
How would you rephrase the aspects of Christ that help you wait? Blessings.
Psalm 27 A psalm of David.
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 the wicked advance against me to devour me,
it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.
3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.
4 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.
5 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.
6 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.
7 Hear my voice when I call, 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, God my Savior.
10 Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.
11 Teach me your way, 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, spouting malicious accusations.
13 I remain 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.