Psalm 27:1: “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?”
There are times in my life that I catch myself living in the darkness of this world. In reality it is not that hard to do. Things may go in a different direction than I expect despite my best efforts; I lose a loved one; I am attacked without knowing why; health issues weigh me down; I see the anger and hatred on the news and in our community and the scenarios go on and on. As I read the Psalms I see that I am not alone in my feelings of being overwhelmed by this world. David writes about his journey and fears. In Psalm 27, David was pointing to the fact that, in those times of being overwhelmed by this world, God strengthened him. Even more importantly, he was pointing out that God was the constant, main source for everything he did in life. Paul tells us this as well in a different way when he wrote to the Philippians: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13). These writings remind me that my faith must be in God alone. The Lord must be my light and strength for nothing else can fully eliminate the fear and burdens of this world.
Where do you put your faith? Do you come before God in awe every time you walk in to His sanctuary? I hope to see you this morning as we celebrate our Lord's triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
Almighty God may all honor and glory be yours this day and everyday. Lord, I know you are my light and my only salvation and yet I am weak; often relying on myself to bring about peace and progress. While I say the Lord's prayer daily, "thy will be done", I find myself living my will be done. Forgive me, Lord. Father, I ask you to bless the upcoming services here at EOCC and in every church. May they bring a deeper meaning to those whose ears are open and hearts ready. Lord Jesus, thank you. As we draw nearer to the cross my heart aches and at the same time is overjoyed for the love you have brought into my life. Lord I thank you for allowing me to hear a man witness yesterday to the power of Your love and Your Word. What a gift. Lord, as I journey may your teachings, love, and fellowship carry me to new places.
I ask this in your Son's name,
Meet the pastor
Rev. Pastor Carl Schreiber has been serving East Orrington Congregational Church (EOCC) since March 12, 2006