Narrative Lectionary Psalms Week 3
Additional Resources for Study & Proclamation
Psalm 27:1-6 (Matthew 6:25-34)
The Lord Will Be Your Light
Furthering the Power of God’s Story – Narrative Lectionary Commentary
by Rev. Stefanie Fauth
We are not promised the perfect life. Our God is a loving and powerful God. Many of the faithful followers want to think that loving God will make life easy and perfect. Alas, it is not to be. Life is messy. Bad things will happen to us. We aren’t guaranteed ease, in fact, it’s almost more assured that we will face obstacles.
The Bible is filled with stories of God’s people triumphing, but it is also filled with stories of God’s people falling. The psalmist is not ignorant of this - in fact, the psalmist lets us in on how rough things are going in their own life. What makes this psalm different from a traditional lament is the opening statement of trust.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation"
The darkness may be closing in around me, but I know that God will be my light!
God is the stronghold I will cling to when things are chaotic around me.
The psalmist is confident that God is a steadfast source of light even while in the midst of turmoil. Even though they are surrounded by enemies and foes, they know that God will be with them.
The tone of the psalm shifts, to a plea directly to God. The writer of the psalm can trust God, but that doesn’t stop them from making impassioned pleas for the future!
This psalm is both lament and praise. That tone of trust is a unique way of speaking to God that includes not just a declaration about the amazing-ness that IS God, it’s also a prayer to God for protection.
Psalm 27 can be of particular help to those who are in struggle. It can meet the reader in the depths without pulling them into the pit of despair like a psalm that focuses solely on lamenting. But, It can encourage them to turn to God for support without being overly optimistic. Those who struggle in despair can always use encouragement, but if the words are too overly positive, they may ring hallow. Psalm 27 is a beautiful blend of positive and realism.
The Lord will be your light - even when things are crashing down around you.
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The Heart of God at the Heart of the Psalms, Rabbi Glenn
Commentary on Psalm 27, James Howell
Finding your Inner Light, by Amy Dye Gori at Tiny Budda
Light in the Darkness, a song by Amarante
Finding your Light: On the Subject of being Bipolar and Not Enough, by Victoria Maxwell on Psychology Today
Can you love others if you don’t love yourself? by Sarah Moon on Sarah Over the Moon
A Good Read
Psalm 27:10, A Memoir
by Molleigh Elisabeth
Everyone has a past, and these pasts shape every single aspect of our very being. This story takes you through the tragedy, obstacles, and the eventual triumph of Molleigh Elisabeth’s life as she fights to overcome her inner turmoil and ascend from the dark abyss created by her abusers. Journey with Molleigh as she moves forward in her path to enlightenment and heals under the graceful light of God. No matter how bad life gets, you must stop and remember—miracles are possible.What better time is there than now to begin your very own journey of healing and recovery?
Psalm 27 One Thing
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Free Dramatic Reading For This Text (NRSV)
Readers: Reader, Congregation
Reader: The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
Congregation: The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
Reader: When evildoers assail me
to devour my flesh—
my adversaries and foes—
they shall stumble and fall.
Congregation: Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war rise up against me,
yet I will be confident.
Reader: 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.
Congregation: For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will set me high on a rock.
Reader: Now my head is lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.
Congregation: Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud,
be gracious to me and answer me!
Reader: “Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!”
Your face, Lord, do I seek.
Congregation: Do not hide your face from me.
Reader: Do not turn your servant away in anger,
you who have been my help.
Congregation: Do not cast me off, do not forsake me,
O God of my salvation!
Reader: If my father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will take me up.
Congregation: Teach me your way, O Lord,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
Reader: Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries,
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they are breathing out violence.
Congregation: I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Reader: Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!