Thursday, October 27, 2011

The One Thing

Oh how I love Psalm 27! This is one of those ones I return to over and over. I love it. I pray it. I sing it. I rejoice in it. I honestly don't even know what to say about it, I feel like it proclaims itself so well. Oh, just read it! Read it and let your spirit pray it back to God! Let it minister you, soothe you, flow over you, love you... happy sigh...

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 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.

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