March 10

Psalm 27:9-14

“I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” vss. 13-14

Sometimes as we read the psalms it seems as though the writer of a particular psalm was living under the proverbial black cloud. There were enemies on every side and even family members could not be trusted. Everywhere the psalmist turned it seemed as though people were plotting violence against him. In such situations most of us are likely to feel deep depression and maybe even wonder if God has turned against us. But this psalmist is cut from a different cloth! In spite of facing multiple adversaries, he says to the world, “I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” He doesn’t long for the sweet bye-and-bye–he may not have even believed in life after death–but he is convinced that if he opens up his eyes he will see God’s goodness every single day. It’s faith like this that allows us to live with smiles in our hearts even when tears blur our vision. The Divine Presence is not at a distance, nor is it something we have to wait for. God is with us now, an accompanying presence that gives courage and hope. So it was in the days of old, so is it now as our world seeks stability in the midst of insanity and lust for power.

Thought for the Day: What is it like to live under a black cloud?

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