Let me start by saying that I have asked the Lord for many things, but the phrase, “One thing have I asked of the Lord” does appear in Psalm 27. David wrote this psalm and like many others psalms he wrote, it is an inspiration to us as well in times of trouble. David was in danger of being killed by one of his adversaries, but we are in the midst of a pandemic.
Psalm 27:1 (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?
For all of the death that is going on around us, we seem to be doing well in New Jersey. At least that continues to be my prayer. In the midst of this terrible virus, the Lord is our stronghold. Like the song says: “You are my strong tower A shelter over me Beautiful and mighty Everlasting king You are my strong tower Fortress when I'm weak Your name is true and holy And your face is all I see” (c) Kutless 2005
Psalm 27:2-3 (ESV) 2 When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. 3 Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.
While this virus is not like a person that will stumble and fall, it does encamp around us. We don’t know who might have it, but yet we should not live in fear, because not matter what happens, we can be confident that God is with us always as He has said:
Matthew 28:19-20 (ESV) 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
I am sure that some of you miss not being able to worship at St. Georges. I know that I miss being there and seeing all of you. I look forward to the day when we can. If you feel the same way, that find comfort in knowing that King David felt the same way:
Psalm 27:4 (ESV) 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.
I sincerely appreciate that we are able to continue to worship online via Zoom. However, being able to worship in a community is even better. There is beauty in being able to sing with the rest of you. So the one thing I ask the Lord is that we may get back to a regular form of worship that is safe for all of us as soon as possible. Feel free to read the rest of this wonderful psalm on your own, but let me jump ahead, because David will often sing about a difficult subject, but still end on a positive note. This psalm is like that as well.
Psalm 27:13-14 (ESV) 13 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! I too believe that we “shall look upon the goodness of the Lord.” We are in a storm and we just need to ride it out, remembering that Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, is in the boat with us. Let us continue to “wait for the Lord.” I love the use of repetition. It helps us to remember to “wait for the Lord.”
My prayer for you at this time is that you have courage to get through the difficult times we are in. We are here if you are in need of prayer. Please reach out to us.