Inner Peace

Today’s scripture: Psalm 27 (ESV-text and audio) (KJV) (The Message)

As you read, consider: What might God be saying to me? Summarize your thoughts in a sentence or two.

My thoughts (Ben Lamb):

Note: For additional layers of meaning, you might enjoy reading this in the Amplified Bible: Psalm 27.

If ever there were a psalm of encouragement, Psalm 27 is it. David may have written it thousands of years ago, but the essence of it is just as relevant today. [Aside: Isn’t it the same way with so much of what we read in God’s word?! Since it was applicable a few thousand years ago and today, too, methinks it’s going to be applicable well into the future, too.]

One of the best pieces of advice in the whole Bible is verse four of today’s reading: Stick to God like glue and take good notes. (Hmmm. . . somehow, David’s words sound more Pulitzer-worthy than my paraphrase.) Let’s take another gander at it:

One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple. (Psalm 27:4, Amplified Bible)

David’s life ran the gamut from Wonder Kid (e.g., saving his people from the enemy Goliath by use of a slingshot) to self-made Hit Man (e.g., ensuring that his mistress’s innocent husband got killed in battle). Yet, even thought he stumbled at times, he wisely chose to keep going back to God.

I don’t know at what period of his life this psalm was written, but it says to me that David is now experiencing inner peace regardless of what comes his way at any time in the future.

Inner peace. What a nice concept. Who in the world (whether it be then, now, or in years to come) isn’t looking for inner peace as well?

Thought for the day: God, thank you for making the path to inner peace so simple and free.

We encourage you to include a time of prayer with this reading. If you need a place to get started, consider the guidelines on the How to Pray page.