Psalm 27

Advent, Day 9

an ancient army besieges a city

”...even then I will be confident.”

Psalm 27 was one of the readings today and it has this little line, “even the I will be confident.”

I am thinking a lot about what it means to be confident right now for a series of talks that I will be giving in March, so of course this popped off the page.

The Psalm opens with a declaration of the identity of who God is for the psalmist. God is described as the light, salvation, and stronghold. Because of this the psalmist declares that they have no fear.

How little fear does the psalmist have?

“Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.”

I can't imagine what it would be like to have an army besiege me or war break out against me, but I'm pretty sure that I'd experience deep fear. If these bad things would befall me, would I still have confidence?

It turns out that confidence in this situation is rooted in the sure knowledge of the identity of the Divine. The psalmist doesn't wonder or doubt who the Divine is. There is no question in the psalmist's mind that the Divine offers light, salvation, and is a stronghold.

Having a sure sense of who God is what provides a foundation that offers confidence, even in the midst of great distress.

Today, I'm pondering: “Do I have a deep awareness of the grace, mercy, and lovingkindness of God so that when I face the storms of life I will have confidence?”


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