From Chris Stroup
Psalm 27: This psalm of trust in the Lord balances bold declarations proclaiming confidence in the Lord’s deliverance with vulnerable petitions seeking the Lord’s protection and salvation. The psalmist holds the two together, proclaiming an utter dependence upon the Lord while also petitioning that he would not hide his face or turn away. In the end, the psalmist has confidence that the Lord will allow him to see his goodness while he is living.
Psalm 28: “Hear the voice of my plea for mercy!” This is the cry of so many in our city whose voices have been silenced. This week the epidemic of sexual assault in our colleges (those beacons of enlightenment that we in the city hold so high) has been brought to light and we have learned of yet another child suffering at the hands of those who were suppose to protect them. Together with the psalmist let us cry out for the silenced, “Oh save your people and bless your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever.” Let us cry out against those who speak peace, yet have evil in their hearts.
Deuteronomy 3:23-29: “So we remained in the valley opposite Beth-peor.” After acknowledging how the Lord fought for Israel (3:22), Moses asks the Lord if he can go to the good land beyond the Jordan. The Lord’s response is not what we might expect and clearly not what Moses wanted, and yet, he obeyed. The Israelites remained where they did not want to be; they stayed in the valley.