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?” vs. 1Psalm 27:1, 4-5
The psalmist was in one of those periods in his life when the Lord seemed very near and he had supreme confidence in the direction of his days. He knew that all was right in his world and that he had nothing to fear. The Lord was the stronghold of his life! That’s a great feeling, and some folks can identify with the psalmist’s convictions at many times in their lives. It’s wonderful to have our ducks in a row and to be confident that we’re on the right track. In those moments we are content in our congregations, finding comfort in our prayers, and daily walking in the light of God’s palpable presence. We have no fear about the future and simply know that no matter what happens we are going to be okay, both in this life and the next. Sometimes that confidence hangs on for a long time–occasionally for a lifetime. Some people with that depth and strength of faith live among us and are an inspiration for our own journeys. But for most folks, the confidence ebbs and flows. It’ll be there for a season and then will dissipate among the vagaries and challenges that life brings. Such feelings are frustrating, but nothing to worry about–they’re part of a natural rhythm. God’s presence is not dependent on our feelings, and we are blessed when we take that knowledge to heart.
Thought for the Day: How’s my faith doing these days?