In the day of trouble, God will give me shelter. Psalm 27:5
The first verse of Psalm 27 reads, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (KJV)
As soon as I read that first verse I started to hear the tune of the anthem based on that text that the choir sings. The melody and style of the anthem seek to dramatize and underscore the power of God’s promise to us. In fact, the line in the song reads, “Whom, then, shall I fear?” I hear the word “then” as a challenge: Well then! What else can there be that could possibly be more powerful or more important in my life?
And it is only when you get to verse 5 that the simple promise is stated so clearly: When there is trouble, it is God to whom we must turn for shelter for He will always be there for us. We just need to make sure we are His.
The richer language of the King James Version makes verse 5 even more reassuring: “For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me upon a rock.”
Prayer: Lord, please make us yours. Keep us mindful of our need for you, every day, especially in times of trouble. Lead us to live the kind of lives that show that you are our strength and our salvation. Amen.