Read: Psalm 27
1The 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?
2When the wicked advance against me to devour me,
it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.
3Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.
4One 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.
5For 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.
6Then 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.
7Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me.
8My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
Your face, Lord, I will seek.
9Do 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.
10Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.
11Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.
12Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
spouting malicious accusations.
13I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
14Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
Meditate: Lent is about looking for God in the midst of a broken, war-torn world and waiting for Him. Looking for God and waiting for God are important because we are surrounded by enemies. These enemies are both seen and, often, unseen. Sometimes other people will resent you or criticize you, but often they are the accusing and mocking voices within our own heads and hearts. This is the Psalm you need when those voices start to become threatening, and you need to remind yourself where your real stronghold lies.
Pray: Lord, be my light and my salvation, today, this week, and for ever.
Engage: Spend at least one hour doing something you enjoy.