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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Meditation and Prayer on Psalm 27: 1-4

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?
2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my
flesh, they stumbled and fell.
3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war
should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the
house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to
enquire in his temple.

Precious Heavenly Father, I confess that You are indeed my light and my salvation.
You are my natural light, for You are the Creator of the sun, moon, and stars, and You
made my eyes to behold and rejoice in light and color and beauty. How You must have
loved Your creatures as You delighted in making them and placing them in such a
colorful and beautiful universe. How blind are those who deny You, and refuse to seek
You among these beauties.

You are my salvation and have delivered me from the kingdom of darkness and
translated me into the kingdom of Your dear Son. You, who first commanded the light
to shine out of darkness hath shined into my heart to give the light of the knowledge of
the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. How dark was my world of sin and misery
until You came to me, O light of the world, saving my soul and showing me the way of
life.

You are the light of my path, O Precious Lord. The works of sin and darkness
overwhelmed me and I did not seek Your glory, but walked in the darkness of my own
mind and thought, seeking to kindle sparks to light my way, but sinking deeper and
deeper into the night. But You taught me, even when I was young, that the way that a
young man cleanses his way is to walk in the way of the Lord. Your word became a
lamp unto my feet and light unto my pathway. By Your Spirit You lit the lamp of faith
in my heart, and light that has never gone out for You are its Author and Finisher.

For You are the Light that makes faith living and gives hope to me. By Your promises
my path has been lit and I have been able to catch a glimpse of that city that has
foundations, whose builder and maker is God. How vain and shallow are the hopes of
men, when we see them in the light of the great hope that has been set before those
who turn from idols to serve the true and living God.

I have the certain hope that I shall someday be with You in Your City of Light, the
New Jerusalem, that does not need the sun, moon, or stars, for God Himself and the
Lamb are the light of it.

Because You are my Light, I need not fear what my enemies can do. The great enemies
of my soul, the world, the flesh, and the devil have been overcome and conquered by
the blood of the Lamb, so what can feeble men, whose breath is in Your hand do to
me?

I need not fear those hosts of darkness that can only kill the body, for we fear Him who
is the Father of all souls, and can cast into hell, and also can reward with eternal life
those who love the Lord Jesus Christ and trust in Him and follow him as becomes the
children of God.

We are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor
of darkness. We are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar
people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of
darkness into his marvelous light.

Therefore, O precious Father, I seek but one thing: that I may dwell in the house of the
Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in His
temple. This is the church that You purchased with Your own blood, the pillar and
ground of the truth.  

There in the beauty of the gospel and the sacraments and the promises we truly see the
light of Your promises and in them we see the beauty of our King and we make our
petitions to You in Your house of prayer. 

We walk in the light of Your holy government and order so that we may shine as lights
in the midst of a perverse and wicked generation. By this, men will see our good works
and glorify our Precious Father which is in Heaven.

Blessed be Your glorious Name, forever and ever, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen and Amen
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