Tim’s Daily Bread Devotional 3.14.21

By March 14, 2021Daily Bread

I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below.

Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the thoughts and words of this reading that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.

Today’s Scripture:

Psalm 27
Triumphant Song of Confidence
Of David.

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold[a] of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?

When evildoers assail me
to devour my flesh—
my adversaries and foes—
they shall stumble and fall.

Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war rise up against me,
yet I will be confident.

One thing I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
to live in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord,
and to inquire in his temple.

For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will set me high on a rock.

Now my head is lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud,
be gracious to me and answer me!
“Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!”
Your face, Lord, do I seek.
    Do not hide your face from me.

Do not turn your servant away in anger,
you who have been my help.
Do not cast me off, do not forsake me,
O God of my salvation!
10 If my father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will take me up.

11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
12 Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries,
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they are breathing out violence.

13 I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!

Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today

The season of Lent is a good time to meditate on the images of God we find in scripture and many of those images are found in the book of Psalms in the Hebrew Scriptures.  Psalm 27 is rich in these images:

Light

Salvation

Stronghold

Shelter

Help

There are many other images of God found throughout the Bible.  Meditate on these, as well:

The Almighty

“I am who am”

Merciful

Faithful

Lord

One God

Patient

Just

Rock of Refuge

Shield

Deliverer

Protector

Shepherd

Kind

Gracious

Slow to Anger

Creator

Beloved

All-Embracing

The Most High

Holy One

Being in Labor

King

Redeemer

Caring

Faithful Mother

Faithful Spouse

Loving Parent

Mother Hen Caring for her Brood

Advocate

Teacher

Present Within Us

Giver of the Gifts of the Spirit

Giver of the Fruit of the Spirit

Love

After you have meditated on these images, descriptions, and names of God, read Psalm 27 again and note the last verses where the Psalmist declares confidently, “I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.”  And then advises, “Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!”

There is a lot of theology woven in to hymns. To enhance today’s reading, I recommend listening to “God of Many Names”. I hope you will take a few moments to let the words of this message and the emotion that always connects us to music connect with your soul. Listen to this hymn on SoundCloud.

Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.

I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!

Grace and Peace,


Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor

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