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Monday of Holy Week
Wait for the Lord with courage. (Psalm 27:14)
This is a week for waiting. As we recall Jesus’ final days, his final steps toward the cross, and his final words, we are all waiting for his final victory. However much we share in Jesus’ sufferings, however much we unite ourselves to his passion, everything is still colored by that victory. So the psalmist’s cry, “The Lord is my light and my salvation” is not just wishful thinking. It’s the very bedrock of our lives!
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? (Psalm 27:1) Not other people. Not those who are smarter, wealthier, or more powerful than I am. Not situations where I feel inadequate. Jesus, my Savior, is my light. The Father not only sent him to walk this earth as one like me; he also gave me his Spirit, who is always with me. Day or night, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, I have the light of the Lord to give me the knowledge and wisdom I need.
The Lord is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1) I don’t have to fear the circumstances of my life. Not wakeful, lonely nights or sorrowful vigils at a loved one’s sick bed. Not bitter exchanges with an agitated family member. Not exhausting battles with illness or with tired children. When loving and caring become too burdensome, Jesus promises to be my strength. He offers his constant presence as a refuge whenever the storms of life threaten to overwhelm.
Though war be waged upon me, even then will I trust. (Psalm 27:3) Because Jesus believed unshakably that God was on his side, he could take those final steps toward the cross. God is on my side, too! He is my strength and refuge. He is in control, even when all around me seems chaotic. He is the victor. Period. Jesus might not have seemed victorious as he proceeded to Jerusalem. Not as one of his disciples betrayed him for money. Not as he was mocked and whipped and nailed to a cross. Not as his life’s blood poured out. But he waited. He trusted. And he triumphed. And so can I!
“God, you are good. I will hold fast to this truth today. I believe that no matter what happens, you are for me.”
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