“Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!” Your face, Lord, do I seek. Do not hide your face from me. Psalm 27:8-9
Psalm 27, which I now know has been christened “The “Triumphant Song of Confidence,” has been aptly and accurately entitled. Written by David, a former upstart, sinner, and warrior, who later went on to become king, these verses indeed reflect his new-found faith and glory in God Almighty.
He actively seeks the Lord’s “face,” and in fact pleads that the Lord’s face never be hidden from him. In other words, it would appear that David has discovered and realized the goodness and majesty of his God. Now, he fervently and enthusiastically beseeches God to always make his presence known and felt in his life.
David vows his confidence that he will never be forsaken or deserted by God. He exclaims out loud that he will “make melody, and sing unto the Lord.” He professes his belief that the Lord will “shelter him in his very own tent,” and will eventually “place him high on a rock.” David exudes confidence in his redeemer – and he is not the least bit shy in joyfully shouting it from the rooftops.
Prayer: Dear Blessed Savior, as we wend our way down this rocky path, remind us to continually seek out your “face” each and every day. When we hear the melodious quartet of cardinal, wren, catbird and dove, all at the same time, in the same dogwood. When we can look up gratefully at an impossibly azure-blue sky drenched with golden sunshine, the day after 30 inches of fallen snow. When we see that oh, so special look in our pet’s eyes that confirms they’ve rescued us. When a complete stranger makes our day, somehow. When we can belt out the first stanza of “Jesus Loves Me, This I Know,” completely out of the blue just because it feels so right. Please Lord, do not hide your face, and let us glimpse it daily in all things. Amen.
Stephen Lynn Meyers