Psalm 27:1, 4–9
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? 4. One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon 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 tabernacle and set me high up a rock. 6. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord. 7. Hear my voice when I call, O 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, O God my Savior.
Reflection by Darlene Wagner What does a person have to fear in this life when living with the God of Heaven? Of all the prayers a mortal human being can say, verse 4 outlines the best. The first thing anyone should ask of the God of Heaven is to dwell in his or her Presence. Daily closeness within the Divine Presence is indeed difficult on this earth where we are surrounded by “enemies”. Worries and material concerns surround us. Yet, a heart in devotion to God will every day “sing and make music” or call out “be merciful to me”. The walk of devotion is difficult, but more rewarding than anything on earth. Invocation:
Dear Lord Christ, By your outrageous love for all the lost and outcast— I know that you love me; My hope for joy is you! By your acceptance of the lonely and infirm— You win my heart; I seek renewed closeness to you.