The Thrill of Knowing
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear? Psalm 27:)
As in many of the psalms, we are reminded that there is much to fear, both in the life of David and in our own lives. The psalmist speaks of evildoers, warring armies, and false witnesses. We know of violent divisions among our fellow Americans, the threat of war in countries around the world, rampant disease and no strong consensus on how to control it.
The appropriate and obvious response for the psalmist, and for us, is to trust God, but in Psalm 27 we are given another “ingredient” above and beyond this standard reply. That ingredient is joy, enthusiasm, confidence, and excitement. The mood of excited devotion to God is a distinguishing element of this psalm, and we should make this a part of our own prayers and worship. It is clear that this mood of faith belongs in the here and now, not just in a perfect world of eternal life. “I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (v. 13).
I need to do more than just go through the motions of believing in God’s goodness for me and God’s protection of me. I need to feel those things as a thrill to my spirit when I worship, when I sing the praise of the Lord, when I pray, when I try to do the work of the Lord in this troubled and needy world. The acts and motions of faith are important, but Psalm 27 tells us that we should also work to feel and rejoice in the exuberant mood of faith.
Lord, I feel your blessing joyfully in every part of my being. Thank you for putting the smile on my face as I seek to do your will. Amen.