Abide Together: Reflections on Psalm 27

“The LORD is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear?” 
This Psalm helps me remember to hand over my concerns and issues to the LORD. He is able to carry my burdens. All my worries are addressed in verse 3, “Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear.” This is a constant struggle for me. I feel like I’m able to turn over my worries and concerns to Him one moment, but in the next I realize that I’ve somehow managed to put those worries and concerns back in my pocket. Sometimes they hide in my pocket and I don’t even realize I’m still carrying them until they overflow. Often, I come to worship or my personal time with God and discover my pockets are stuffed full of worry as I seek to “gaze upon the beauty of the LORD.”Sometimes I think I’ve simply got to be patient. As I “wait on the LORD” I find courage. Maybe I shouldn’t be so hard on myself for stuffing my pockets with worry?? Not saying I should be satisfied with it, but I think realizing this whole thing is a process is helpful. It’s a process that will require “waiting” on the LORD and for me to “let my heart take courage” in the meantime.
As I read today I was reminded of some lyrics to a song:
  David Wilcox, “Show the Way”
        Look, if someone wrote a play
        just to glorify what’s stronger than hate,
       would they not arrange the stage
       To look as if the hero came too late,
       he’s almost in defeat
       It’s looking like the Evil side will win
       so on the edge of every seat
       from the moment that the whole thing begins
       It is Love that mixed the mortar
       And it’s Love who stacked these stones
       And it’s Love who made the stage here
       Although it looks like we’re alone
       In this scene set in shadows
       Like the night is here to stay
       There is evil cast around us
       But it’s love that wrote this play.
       For in this darkness love can show the way.
Prayer: Lord, You are awesome! I have nothing to fear when I’m with you. No matter what my circumstance, You are all that I need. Transform my mind and guide me to focus on who You are rather than my circumstance. When things don’t happen in my timing, let my heart take courage. I will wait on You. AMEN. 
Steve Corn
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