“One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: 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 seek him in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4 NIV)
Some decades ago, I awoke in the middle of the night experiencing the deepest of fears. I had no idea what had triggered such feelings. I felt led to read Psalm 27. There is a notation in my Bible from that night. As I read, one thought kept coming to me, “Let light dispel the darkness.” I was not in the darkness as I read, but something “dark” had been present. Eventually, God lifted off the fear.
Since then, I’ve known life circumstances that have brought fear. At such times, I try to remember Psalm 27. Parts of the above verse expand my appreciation of it: “. . . that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life . . . to seek him in his temple.”
If light is to dispel the darkness, if I am to seek the Lord, then where is his temple? As a Christian, I believe his Holy Spirit dwells within me and he makes my heart his temple. When all around me seems shattering and fearful, my refuge is within me with him.
All the days of my earthly life mean “now”. There is but one condition – I must seek him. As he is light, only he can dispel the darkness. Together we dwell in his life and light.
There are other phrases of inspiration in Psalm 27 for times when fears flare up. “The Lord is my light . . . the stronghold of my life.” (vs.1).
“Though an army besiege me . . . even then will I be confident.” (vs.3). “I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” (vs.13). I acknowledge the light of God in his temple when I speak these words.
Prayer: Lord, when I feel it is dark, help me to seek you deep within. Together we will dwell in the light of your confidence, your goodness, and your promise to always remain near. Amen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lynn Severance is a retired elementary classroom teacher. She lives in Lynnwood, Washington. She writes to encourage others as God has encouraged her during 26 years of living with daily physical challenges.