Psalm 27: 1-4 (NRSV)
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? When evildoers assail me to devour my flesh—my adversaries and foes—they shall stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident. One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: to live 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.
This Psalm reminds me of the idea that God doesn’t promise us that nothing bad will ever happen in our lives; rather, God promises that God will be with us in the midst of whatever comes to pass in our lives and in our world. If we take this passage to heart, we truly have nothing to fear. NOTHING. Not terrorists, not job loss, not rejection, not failure, not divorce, not illness, not death, not change.
That last fear is a tricky one: change. Even if it’s a change we have chosen and look forward to, change can be daunting. Change that is forced on us is even scarier. But God is right there with us, in the midst of it, always—so we can be confident. How could we be transformed if we truly believed and felt that in our hearts? Maybe we would be able to “let go and let God,” putting aside our defenses and preconceived ideas about our capabilities, and truly live the life God wants us to live. The fourth verse of the Psalm gives us a roadmap for doing so: keep our minds on God, remembering God’s power and promise to us, and we need not fear.
Gracious God, I know you are always with me and within me, surrounding and enfolding me with your presence. Help me to know in my head and feel in my heart that I have nothing to fear. Transform me into the confident creature you meant me to be. Amen.