Psalm 27:1-4 (ESV)
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? When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: 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 inquire in his temple.
How many of us can recite this beginning portion of Psalm 27 and it be true? Do we really trust in God as our light and salvation? Do we believe that God will always have our backs? If we truly believed it, would we be less likely to worry about people backbiting, and gossiping? I believe so. I know that when I deployed to Iraq, I went with peace in my heart. I believed God was looking out for me, my soldiers, and my family back home. It came to pass, that although we had a few days of excitement, overall, we spent more time working out, playing video games, studying, etc, than “real war.” And I was fine with that. We were blessed, and my entire battalion came home alive. Yes we had some battered and bruised, but none failed to come home to their loved ones.
The second half of this, “One thing have I asked...” Is what I presume it will be like when I get to spend eternity in Heaven. Many people say, “When I get to Heaven, I am going to ask God...”, or “When I get there, I am going to do...” Not me. I want to be in God’s presence. I want to worship my God in person. I don’t know that I will ever tire of it. I am truly amazed at His creation. Why/how could I be less amazed at Him? I never tire of time out in the woods, enjoying His forests, and the animals that are there. How much more when I see God face to face?
Bottom line, spend some time thinking about this Psalm. If you have time, read the entire 14 verses. Ponder His mercies, His love, His protection, and His promise of salvation. Think about how much you trust Him, and maybe resolve to trust Him more.
by Virgil Stripes