Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
Hope. Confidence. Courage.
As I read the words of Psalm 27, I smile. Like, the big time kind of smile - from ear to ear - to think of the confidence the psalm writer had in the Lord! It's refreshing! How much joy is being sung and with every word, the truth of our Lord is emptied out. The life that Christ offers us is full of these wonderful things.
Often times, I have to admit, I glaze over the psalm. Perhaps because it is often sung or because of its short length, I do not give it the proper pause. But the Lord speaks volumes today through Psalm 27.
The confidence in this passage is palpable. The writer invites us into a deep relationship with our Lord because the Lord is faithful and worthy of this confidence. We do not need to think or wonder if the Lord will fight for us; we believe it. Amen. I believe.
"I believe that I will see the good things of the Lord."
There are so many things in our lives that are not sure; there are people who let us down, or things that fall through and disappoint us. When we dwell in the house of the Lord, in a life of prayer, the Lord is there with us, even in those moments; He is encouraging us and loving us.
Saint John Paul II reflected on this passage saying: "The Lord creates around his faithful a horizon of peace that blocks out the clamour of evil." When we are faced with evil or trials, we can loudly proclaim that the "the Lord is my life's refuge" and I am not afraid. Saint John Paul II goes further: "Communion with God is a source of serenity, joy and tranquility."
"The Lord is my light and my salvation."
The Lord is my light! What a beautiful image. As we walk through life, we have Christ illuminating even the darkest parts of our lives and hearts. There is no where that the light of Christ cannot reach. This light brings forth that joy and serenity that Saint John Paul II spoke of.
This psalm, while beautiful when sung, is not simply a sing-along song; it is our hope and joy. We can wait with courage on the Lord because He is faithful. We can sing with joy and live courageously because He is at our side. We can gaze on the loveliness of the Lord and feel that hope. It is almost a cozy feeling! Dwelling in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. That is definitely something to keep smiling about.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
What does it mean to have confidence that the Lord will fight for you? Do you believe that?
How can you trust the Lord in every moment? Do you turn to Him when things are going poorly? How about in your happiest moments?
What changes about your life if God is at your side always and you completely believe that?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"I trust in You."
"You are my refuge."
"You are my salvation."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
However you normally listen to music today, in honor of this Psalm, make sure that at least some of the music you listen to points your heart to the Lord, just like this Psalm does. Maybe listen to a praise and worship song and pray with the lyrics. Maybe it's a Christian artist whose music helps you reflect. Maybe a beautiful peace of music which draws you to the beauty of God. Whatever it is, take your mind from the mundane or the profane of the world and to the beauty and confidence in the Lord.
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Today's Prayer was prepared by Megan Kramer, a parishioner at St. Mary's Parish in Huntley, IL.