LENTEN SEASON 2022 WEEKLY DEVOTION - 2
“You, Lord, are the light that keeps me safe.
I am not afraid of anyone.
You protect me, and I have no fears...........
Trust the Lord!
Be brave and strong and trust the Lord!”
(Psalm 27 CEV)
If I ever had to pick a Psalm and label it as “my favorite”, without hesitation or debate it would be Psalm 27. Like many people my age and older we had to learn the 23rd Psalm in Sunday School and recite it for various occasions. Families have requested Psalm 23 at any number of funeral and/or memorial services. It has been printed in a variety of forms of artistic expressions but Psalm 23 would not be the choice as my favorite!!! There is something about Psalm 27 that speaks to me in a way that none of the other 149 do.
Maybe it is the thought of the presence of God in my life as light, salvation, protection and beauty. In looking at the world from my place in it, I see more than enough of the negative and dark side of this world. I want to see and experience God’s presence and power in ways that show a different side and perspective. Not in a Pollyannish kind of way where everything about God is rosy, but a way that says to all of the darkness, the negativity, the divisiveness and so forth --- there is another way.
Our world is so embroiled in negativity that it is sometimes hard to even imagine that there is something else available. But this Psalm (for me) speaks to the hope that God shows us in the midst of all that is going on. Whether it is the war impending between Russia and Ukraine or the streets of our major cities, there is still the hope that God’s peace will prevail. Even in the midst of abuse of human beings, power and elitism, this Psalm is a reminder of God’s forgiving and inclusive love. Trust the Lord who is our God!!!
Prayer: Creator God, we look to you for hope in the midst of all that surrounds us. We lift our cares to you, especially the unrest in Russia and the Ukraine, and seek ways to be your loving examples in our specific place and time. Help us to be the change we want to see in the world! Amen.