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Last week I told you about the Jewish people entering into a biblical holiday called Elul and how for 40 days from the first of Elul until Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) repentance is being emphasized.

For about the last two weeks, during my quiet time, I have been using the prayer focus ideas I found on a web site explaining about Elul (www.bridgesforpeace.com) to help me get closer to the Lord, search my heart and allow the Lord to change me. 

Reading Psalm 27 in the morning and in the evening is one of the things the Jewish people do during this time, so that is what I have been doing too.

It is a beautiful psalm, but on Friday morning, due to some things Hubby and I are currently dealing with, this psalm kind of exploded in me and got new meaning.

The Lord has strengthened me with these verses from Psalm 27:

The Lord is my light
and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength
of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?

Though an army may encamp
against me,
My heart shall not fear;
Though war may rise
against me,
In this I will be confident.

For in the time of trouble
He shall hide me in His pavilion;
In the secret place of His
He shall hide me;
He shall set me high
upon a rock.

For false witnesses have risen
against me,
And such as breathe
out violence.
I would have lost heart, unless
I had believed
That I would see the goodness
of the Lord
In the land of the living.
Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen
your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!

Through these words I believe the Lord was saying to me:

I don't have to fear any human being, because the Lord is my light, my salvation and my strength.

Bad things may happen all around me, but even in those situations I don't have to be afraid, for in times of trouble He will hide me in His secret place. I can trust Him to protect me, to guide me around the obstacles and to take care of me.

There will even be times when people come against me, but even then I don't have to fear. I can simply believe to see God's goodness coming to pass in my life.

And then the last part: Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart!

When you have time, read the whole of Psalm 27 and let the Lord minister to you through this beautiful psalm of David.