Psalm 27

1 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?

2 When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes  who will stumble and fall. 3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.

4 One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. 5 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.

6 Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.

7 Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. 8 My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’ Your face, Lord, I will seek. 9 Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Saviour. 10 Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me. 11 Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors. 12 Do not hand me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me,  spouting malicious accusations.

13 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

One thing I seek… God has been speaking to me a lot about having eyes only for him. The picture I have is of when you dance with someone. If you keep your eyes on theirs and let them take the lead (if you are the woman!), it works out much better than if you try and pushing your partner round the dance floor without any spoken or unspoken communication. Clearly this is perhaps a more helpful analogy for a woman than a man but I’m sure there are thoughts along the same lines for guys. My problem is that I think I know how the dance goes… until I don’t. I often think that Jesus looks on me, ruefully smiling with affection, and asks whether I’d like it if he were to take the lead. One thing… that’s all. I just need to look at him.

Questions for thought and discussion...

  • How can you fix your eyes on Jesus today?  
  • How can we show our young people how to keep their eyes on Jesus?
  • What pictures or analogies might help us?