A Treasury of Insights on Faith and Life

Gordon VanWylen

READ : Psalm 27:1-14

Our readings for this month are from the Psalms, a magnificent collection of ancient poems of faith. The beauty of Hebrew poetry is in matching one thought with another, rather than in words that rhyme.

The Lord is my light and my salvation
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life
of whom shall I be afraid?”

The Psalms are not systematic statements of truth or a handbook on how we should live. Rather they are poems written by various authors (nearly half are ascribed to David) as they reflected on the character of God, his works in creation, history and their lives, or how they, as persons of faith, wrestled with issues in their lives. The Psalms combine deep faith with penetrating honesty.

As Christians we read the Psalms in the light of the gospel. We find meanings and insights that the psalmists could only anticipate. My prayer is that as we journey together through the Psalms, our appreciation for this God-given treasury will be enhanced, and we will be encouraged to live lives of joy, gratitude and grace.


Lord, we pray that you will open our minds and hearts to receive your word to us as we meditate on these sacred writings in the light of your grace in Jesus Christ. Amen.