6. Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?” Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord. 7. You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound. 8. I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Reflection by Darlene Wagner The final verses of this psalm serve as a response to the charge in verse 2: “Sons of men! Till when is my glory for shame? Ye love a vain thing, ye seek a lie.” (Young’s Literal Translation) Too many believers are distracted by doctrines, ideologies, and controversies. Too long have believers lost focus on the true glory of God, which is love. The psalmist reminds those of us in the modern (distracted) age to reclaim our focus on the Divine. Such focus is a daily, even hourly struggle, yet the rewards are joy and peace. This does not promise that a righteous life is without hardship. Neither does this psalm promise worldly prosperity to the righteous. Instead, it promises inner wealth.
Invocation: Dearest Loving Father, My praise and thanks are due to you, For never do you stand cold and silent. In your Ever-Presence do I hope, For there is none like you, O God!