Psalm 27 (NIV)
1 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? 2 When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. 3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. 4 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. 5 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. 6 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. 7 Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. 8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. 9 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. 10 Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me. 11 Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations. 13 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
What situation has driven you to Him to find shelter?
Almighty God, I am weary. I have never before been so shaken by the evil that surrounds me. I feel that all I have believed in is about to crumble. My heart grieves. I am worn down by the restrictions of Covid and tired of the separation. No matter where I turn there is deception, hatred, corruption. My freedoms to worship and to even celebrate Holidays with friends and family have been suspended. My heart aches. My God and my Savior, don’t reject me and the values that I hold close to my heart. There is no place to run and hide except in You. Lord, You are my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? You are the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? In times of trouble, You are my protection. I seek refuge in Your presence. Do not allow evil to be successful in crushing Your people. I am on my knees, seeking Your face. Shine Your light into the darkness and expose evil. Show Your people a path of righteousness. Lord, bring back the joy of worshiping you in Your house with Your family of faith. I hold on to Your promises and onto the hope of Your refuge and strength to protect me, Your church, and this land. Hear my prayers. Keep my eyes focused on You because Your Glory is my strong fortress and it is the only hope that will not disappoint. I put all my faith in You. I remain confident that I will see Your goodness explode in brightness during this dark time for Your sake. Amen