Psalm 27: A Source of Safety

by Carolyn Hope

As the sun rises over the mountains, I approach a tall tower. It’s still in the distance, but steadily I make my way toward it. I am aware of the lion stalking me in the nearby greenery; yet I feel no fear. If he charges after me, his feet will stumble. He’ll only end up with a bruised nose and a broken pride.

This land is covered with bandits, but they will not touch me. If they should attack me, my courage will remain.

I go to ask my God for only one thing: that I may abide in His tower, where I may be with Him. There I will find safety. There will be my security and refuge. There, protected and confident, I will pay no heed to the enemies that come against us. No, for I will be too busy praising my Lord and giving Him all my heart!

I knock on the tower door. Will He answer?

“Lord, You have always been good to me. You have always helped me when I had a need. Please, don’t turn me away! Don’t close the door to me! I’m relying on You and You alone.”

If I were to knock on my parent’s home, would they turn me away? Certainly not. Yet, even if they did, my God wouldn’t. No, He will never turn me away.

“I’m here, Lord. Teach me strategy. Show me how to live and walk in a world full of enemies. They observe my every move, waiting to pounce at just the right moment. Don’t let them catch me. They breathe lies and formulate threats to intimidate me.”

I am not intimidated; rather, I am fearless. I know that my God will be good to me. In this life, here in this place, I expect His goodness to come.

So I will wait with patience and bravery. My heart will take courage. I wait for my God to come.

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Fruit #6: Goodness

by Carolyn Hope

Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. (Psalm 27:13)

The nature of goodness is harder to understand than some of the other fruits we’ve observed; the reason for this is that we use the term ‘good’ for just about anything. When someone asks us how our vacation was, we say, ‘good.’ When asked how a person is doing or feeling, the most common response is ‘good.’ We are good people who watch good movies, eat good food, and have good days at work.

The Hebrew word for ‘good’ in this passage, and in general, is ‘tuv.’ According to Strong’s Lexicon, it means “good in the widest sense” and can also mean “beauty, gladness, [or] welfare.”

The greatest goodness is God Himself. Exodus 33 recounts an example of this: “The Lord replied to Moses, ‘I will indeed do what you have asked, for I look favorably on you, and I know you by name.’ Moses responded, ‘Then show me your glorious presence.’ The Lord replied, ‘I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will call out my name, Yahweh …’” (verses 17-19). Our Lord walks in goodness, speaks in goodness, and brings His goodness everywhere He goes.

My encouragement to you in growing in goodness is to pursue knowing God. The more you know Him, the more you’ll behave like Him; and as you become more like God, you will be full of goodness. Another way to achieve this is to study the Word. See what it says is good, and then do those things. Creativity is good (see Genesis 1). Companionship is good (see Genesis 2:18). Compassion is good (see Psalm 145:9 and Isaiah 63:7). As you follow after Christ, you will grow in goodness.

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