1 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? 2 When evildoers assail me to devour my flesh—my adversaries and foes—they shall stumble and fall. 3 Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident. 4 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. 5 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. 6 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. 7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me! 8 "Come," my heart says, "seek his face!" Your face, Lord, do I seek. 9 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!
A Faith that has been Tested
by David Rosselli
The Bible is filled with compelling passages - with beautiful words that give hope to the weary and soothe the hearts of the broken. For some, the Bible is just that: a historical document filled with poems and compelling prose that inspires the mind.
As Christians, the Bible illuminates our lives in a very real way. In reading Psalm 27, we see the active faith of the writer, David. We hear his struggles, and we recognize them as our own. The verses in the Bible are only words until they are applied to our hearts...until we meditate on their meaning.
David's words of faith, and the confidence that extends from them, bear witness to his personal relationship with God. He speaks with confidence not because of a blind faith, but because the trials and tribulations in his life have laid a foundation. His is a faith that has been tested. His is a faith that has been strengthened by the struggles he has endured.
For our Baylor students, their time in college should be a season of these tests and trials. As Christians, we have a duty to our students to challenge them in their beliefs and in the words that they have memorized and read in the Bible. Only through those deeper questions - through asking them and encouraging them to walk in that faith and to “dwell in the House of the Lord,” can we encourage them to seek a deeper faith in our Lord.
As we all know, God has not promised us an easy life as Christians. Many of Jesus' last days were spend reminding his followers that they would suffer in His name. But the beauty of God's grace and of Jesus' sacrifice for us is that we have the Holy Spirit in whom we can find that shelter, in Him we will be lifted high on a rock and our heads will be lifted up. This is our promise, and this is our joy.
As educators, we are committed to helping our students as they walk through these struggles. We are committed to helping them build that firm foundation of faith - to helping them to develop their own understanding of that faith so that when they leave Baylor, they can say with full faith and truth, "The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?"
We are called to be a light in this world.
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David Rosselli joined Baylor as vice president for university development in November 2015. In 2017, he became vice president for university advancement, overseeing university development and alumni engagement. Under his leadership, the University launched Give Light, a $1.1 billion campaign to build philanthropic support for University priorities outlined in Illuminate, the University’s strategic plan. Since the launch of the campaign in 2018, the effort has garnered more than $905 million toward these initiatives.
Mr. Rosselli is a graduate of the University of the Pacific, having earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and a master’s degree in educational psychology. He and his wife, Christine, are honored to be a part of the Baylor family.