By Ian Smale
Whom shall I fear?
I am writing this before the PM announces a return to normal living. But the mood music in the news media is suggesting that we are not yet in a place where complete freedom will be permitted. The virus is still out there, still mutating and evading our attempts at resistance. The word ‘variant’ is one of the most used in the news.
When will life go back to normal? Will it ever? When will we be able to sing in church again?
Against a similar backdrop (his movements and activities restricted by enemies) King David penned this statement of faith that we call Psalm 27.
Here are some extracts to give voice to our own hopes and prayer:
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 in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock…
…Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me.
My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’ Your face, Lord, I will seek.
Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper…
…I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Read the whole Psalm like a daily prescription. It will do your heart good, whatever the Prime Minister announced last Monday.