Lenten Devotional: March 18

Psalm 23; Psalm 27; Psalm 75; Psalm 76; Jeremiah 5:20-31; Romans 3:19-31;
John 7:1-13

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

Early in my review of today’s passages I became discouraged with my ability to interpret the psalms, but hearing the enlightening and inspiring presentation on psalms by the Reverend Canon Henry F. Minich at Adult Forum helped me overcome my writer’s block.

Why did I pick this particular Psalm? Because it reminds me of the familiar 23rd Psalm but with a somewhat different emphasis. Psalm 27 is centered on fear, enemies, and troubles. Still David encourages us to trust in God’s mercy, patience, and guidance and to be of good courage.

Certainly, today it is easy to be disheartened by troubles and enemies. Fear and distrust can be overriding emotions. Sometimes the enemies are clear; at other times we may not be sure who or what our enemies are. It may seem that enemies are far away. Does that make them of no concern? At other times I include in “enemies” certain inanimate objects that stand in my path. Despite their daily importance, such items as computers and passwords often appear as personal enemies. At these times, I need to consider that Pogo, often a clear interpreter of everyday life, would probably remind me that “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

What are we to do in the face of all this uncertainty? The psalmist cautions us to “Wait on the Lord and be of good courage.” Let us trust and obey, letting God guide us daily in our thoughts and actions so that we can be ready to share in the joy expressed in the 23rd Psalm, which emphasizes God’s goodness, love, and mercy.