Remembering Psalm 27 on 9/11

Photo of 9-11 Memorial of Public Park in New Providence, NJ

Photo of 9-11 Memorial of Public Park in New Providence, NJ

On September 11, 2015, many Americans reflect on the world-altering events occurring fourteen years ago. Many people still recall where they were and remember the circumstances surrounding their hearing about the terrorist attacks. Without question, the events of 9/11 have been seared into the memory of the general population of the nation like no other occurrence. I recall muddling through that protracted day in a haze of disbelief. Later that evening I remember attending a prayer service at my church. During an intense time of praying, I recall reciting Psalm 27 which I had learned by heart as a teenager. Today that particular psalm continues to comfort and encourage us in times that disturb and distress the nation and the world:

Psalm 27

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?

When the wicked came against me
To eat up my flesh,
My enemies and foes,
They stumbled and fell.

Though an army may encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear;
Though war may rise against me,
In this I will be confident.

One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.

For in the time of trouble
He shall hide me in His pavilion;
In the secret place of His tabernacle
He shall hide me;
He shall set me high upon a rock.

And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;
Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice!
Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”

Do not hide Your face from me;
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not leave me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation.

10 When my father and my mother forsake me,
Then the Lord will take care of me.

11 Teach me Your way, O Lord,
And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.

12 Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries;
For false witnesses have risen against me,
And such as breathe out violence.

13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.

14 Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!

Here is an arrangement of Psalm 27:1-4 Christian Praise Lyrics offered by Esther Mui.

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