Speak Lord: our light and help

Marseilles harbour

The Psalm for Sunday, the 2nd Sunday of Lent, is especially strong in hope and confidence.

The Lord is my light and my help.

The Lord is my light and my help;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
before whom shall I shrink?

The Lord is my light and my help.

O Lord, hear my voice when I call;
have mercy and answer.
Of you my heart has spoken:
‘Seek his face.’

The Lord is my light and my help.

It is your face, O Lord, that I seek;
hide not your face.
Dismiss not your servant in anger;
you have been my help.

The Lord is my light and my help.

I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness
in the land of the living.
Hope in him, hold firm and take heart.
Hope in the Lord!

The Lord is my light and my help.

Psalm 26:1,7-9,13-14

Perhaps the only moment of doubt or insecurity or anxiety comes in the third verse where the psalmist asks that the Lord should not hide his face, should not dismiss the psalmist servant in anger…

Maybe it is not a moment of doubt, insecurity or anxiety as such, just a moment of recollection in the midst of the receipt of care and concern and tenderness and love of unworthiness.

The Lord knows our unworthiness, but it does not keep him from us. Let our awareness of unworthiness not keep us from him.

Marseilles. (c) 2013, Allen Morris.

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