“The LORD is my light and my salvation.” (Ps 27:1)
I was speaking to the Confirmation class recently and offered some ideas of what type of prayers they could use during private Eucharistic Adoration. One suggestion is the Book of Psalms. I challenged them to choose a favorite one and put it to memory. It sounds hard doesn’t it? Well, not really. From song lyrics to phone numbers and multiplication tables we learn so many things by rote. In fact, if you say or think something often enough, it eventually becomes ingrained in your memory—even statements about who you are and what life is about. So consider what might happen if you made the decision to repeat godly truths over and over again?
For example, try Psalm 27: “The Lord is my light.” God shows us what to do, giving us direction. He lights the path when the way seems dark and offers wisdom when we’re not sure what to do.
“The Lord is my refuge.” We can run to Him for safekeeping when we’re too weak to keep on caring (or when we don’t want to get out of bed in the morning). God will help you when the call of raising godly children seems too demanding. He keeps you safe amid hostility.
“The Lord is my strength.” We can exercise, finish rehab or endure chemotherapy. When you need to repent, forgive or simply bide your time, God is there with His own courage and power to help you.
So, when the shadow of fear or defeat spreads over you, SHOUT IT OUT, “The Lord is my light!” When fear or weakness overtakes you, DECLARE: “The Lord is my strength.” When you hear yourself think, “I can’t,” “I don’t know,” or “I give up,” just repeat this glorious verse: “The Lord is my light and my salvation.”
In God’s Time,