It is reported that, on the eve of the United Kingdom's entry into the First World War, British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey remarked to a friend: "The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time."
When the world is in darkness and war, we need light that will not fail.
God wants to be our light.
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 the wicked advance against me
to devour me,
it is my enemies and my foes
who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident.
One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.
Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the Lord.
Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
be merciful to me and answer me.
My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’
Your face, Lord, I will seek.
Do not hide your face from me,
do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
God my Saviour.
Though my father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will receive me.
Teach me your way, Lord;
lead me in a straight path
because of my oppressors.
Do not hand me over to the desire of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
spouting malicious accusations.
I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
Psalm 27 (NIV)
Sometimes the darkness is “out there” but sometimes the darkness is deep inside of us.
This is a great Psalm for meditation. Here are some questions that we could ask ourselves:
- Who is my light?
- Who am I trusting in - for my salvation?
- What am I afraid of?
- What is the one thing I most desire and value from the Lord?
- Who am I waiting for?