Today’s psalm response comes from Psalm 27. It holds a very special place for me.
Firstly, it is my younger daughter’s favorite psalm. Every time I hear it at Mass, I remember her leaning into me and whispering, “This one is my favorite.”
Secondly, it holds a very special message for me. Seventeen years ago, I was on retreat at the Defending the Faith conference at Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH. My husband and I had recently begun the process to adopt another child. It’s a scary place, full of questions and few answers all along the way. I was in the main chapel on campus praying before the Blessed Sacrament, crying out to God to help us find a child and to carry us on the challenging road upon which we had embarked. My prayer led me to Psalm 27. The final verse jumped off the page, “Wait for the Lord with courage. Be stouthearted and wait for the Lord.” And so, I did. My daughter, Hannah, entered the worldjust under a year later.
I invite you to pray this psalm with me today to help us all to grow in trust of the Lord’s goodness and faithfulness.
My Jesus, I trust in You! Anne
Psalm 27, A Psalm of David:
Trust in the Lord
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life’s refuge;
of whom should I be afraid?
When evildoers come at me
to devour my flesh
These my enemies and foes
themselves stumble and fall.
Though an army encamp against me,
my heart does not fear;
Though war be waged against me,
even then do I trust.
One thing I ask of the LORD;
this I seek:
To dwell in the LORD’s house
all the days of my life,
To gaze on the LORD’s beauty,
to visit his temple.
For God will hide me in his shelter
in time of trouble,
He will conceal me in the cover of his tent;
and set me high upon a rock.
Even now my head is held high
above my enemies on every side!
I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and chant praise to the LORD.
Hear my voice, LORD, when I call;
have mercy on me and answer me.
“Come,” says my heart, “seek his face”;
your face, LORD, do I seek!
Do not hide your face from me;
do not repel your servant in anger.
You are my salvation; do not cast me off;
do not forsake me, God my savior!
Even if my father and mother forsake me,
the LORD will take me in.
LORD, show me your way;
lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
Do not abandon me to the desire of my foes;
malicious and lying witnesses have risen against me.
I believe I shall see the LORD’s goodness
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD, take courage;
be stouthearted, wait for the LORD!