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?
When others make me feel like I’m
not doing enough
It is those who get no rest and worship their work
who will stumble and fall.
Though I’m surrounded by revision
my heart will not fear;
though exams loom ever closer
even then I will be confident.
One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the presence of the Lord
every single day,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord;
I’ll study at his feet.
For during those exams
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his presence
and set me high upon a rock.
God holds me head and shoulders
above all who try to pull me down.
I’m headed for time with him to offer anthems
that will raise the roof!
Already I’m singing God-songs,
I’m making music to God.
Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
be merciful to me and answer me.
My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’
Your face, Lord, I will seek.
Do not hide your face from me,
do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
God my Saviour.
Though my parents aren’t here,
God will receive me.
Show me your way, Lord;
lead me in a straight path
show those results-worshippers whose side you’re on.
Do not let me bow to others’ expectations
or thoughtless comments that make my heart tremble.
I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
About the author
Hayley is in her final year at university, which explains why she has practically made a hobby out of praying about exams. Next year she will use precisely zero of her degree and train to be a barrister. She loves Ripon because it's a chance to get to know Jesus better and see people's lives changed by Him. In her spare time you will find her playing a variety of sports with questionable ability, exploring a foreign country, or pretending meals from recipe books are her own creations.