DAILY WORDS OF HOPE
BY PCG, HOPE CONGREGATION–SAK. EST
(Lent Day 15 🛐)
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.
THEME: Look for HIM and Wait for HIM.
WORDS OF HOPE:
Those are the two key Lenten messages that come out of this Psalm. ‘Come on,’ the Psalmist says to his own heart, ‘seek his face!’ Isn’t this strange? Isn’t God always available? Why do we have to work hard at looking for Him?
God is gracious, and longs to be found by all sorts of people who look for Him at all times. But God does not put himself about as a mere item of curiosity, a show for the spiritual tourists, so that anyone can pop in and glance at Him and walk away. You have to want to go looking for Him; it is demanding and challenging but also warming and healing presence that gives you the strength you need. And looking for Him takes time. You have to wait as well as look. Looking for God and waiting for God are important not least because we are surrounded by enemies. That may sound almost paranoid. We want to ask the Psalmist: ‘Who are these “enemies”? What’s the problem? Why don’t you thank God for your friends instead of worrying about people being out to get you?’ Part of the answer is that David, the original Psalmist, spent much of his life surrounded by all sorts of enemies – Philistines and Saul and his followers and even enemies within his own family. Sometimes other people will resent what you’re doing and there are the other enemies: the accusing and wheedling and mocking voices within our own heads and hearts. Beware of them.
● Pray thanking God for your life.
● Pray asking God to always protect you from the plans of the evil one.
● Pray that you will always walk in the light.
Lord, be my light and my salvation, today, this week, and forever. Amen🙏🏽