April 6, 2020
(From YouTube devotion)
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1 (KJV)
Psalm 27 tells us where King David got his comfort and encouragement and hope: From the Lord God.
Light is warming and comforting, and suggests joy and happiness. Darkness and the unknown is scary. We need light in our lives – physical light and especially spiritual light. We have anxieties troubles, pains. We have enemies like the devil, and the world and even our sinful flesh within us that want to lead us into darkness and all the things that happen in darkness, away from light. There are many things in the world which are scary, especially now in a time of pandemic.
Light is a very positive, encouraging thing. But David is speaking of more than just physical light. He is talking about the things that guide him, that are his joy, his life, and his hope. He is talking about what we read about in Psalm 97: “Light is shed upon the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. Rejoice in the LORD, you who are righteous, and praise his holy name.” (Verses 11-12, NIV) Christ came to justify all mankind, and everyone who believes that will have eternal salvation. Remember that heaven is the goal of every believer in Christ. And that idea will remove any fear that this world can give us.
When an individual’s heart is truly established in God, what or whom could he or she fear? When one continually takes refuge in God what reason is there for ever being afraid of anything?
This Psalm tells us “One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.” David wants close presence with God. And how does God draw close to us? How do we draw close to him? It is through his Word.
Where do you find your light? Is it anyplace other than the Word of God? The temptation is there every day, with so many influences on us. Other humans are telling us “do this”, “think this way”, “this is right”, and their advice doesn’t always agree with what God tells us. People look to other humans for advice, often to people who have no use for, no respect for, and even no knowledge of the Word of God. So we must be daily reminded that His Word “is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105 (NIV) and continue to search the scriptures to find what we need for our lives.
When we think of God being our light, we must think of the promise fulfilled in Jesus Christ who is “A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel”? Luke 2:32.
The Lord God who sent his Son to suffer for our sins, the Lord Jesus who suffered for our sins and who died for us and who rose from the dead is our strength. We will be disappointed if we rely on humans to give us strength. They are only human and make poor judgments and mistakes. We can’t rely on foods, or medicines, or food supplements. From birth we are constantly approaching death. It doesn’t take too many years before the human body begins to lose its strength. The older you get, the more you realize that death is inevitable.
“The LORD is my light and my salvation.” Light, of course, is the opposite of darkness, and salvation is the opposite of damnation. With these words David is pointing to the Savior. He, just like us, knows about sin. He had learned it from the Law of God. He had seen it everywhere – even in himself. These words remind us of Jesus Christ, our salvation, who is the only one who can win salvation for us, and in fact, did earn salvation for us.
The one who believes in Jesus Christ knows that the Lord will direct us. He will give us light because he is my salvation. Especially in difficult times we must turn to Jesus Christ for light, for strength, and for salvation.
O lord, eternal God, our Father through faith in Jesus Christ, we come to Thee in our trouble and distress. You are our hiding place. We have no other refuge in an hour like this. Gracious Lord, you can heal. Your grace can restore to health and give us strength to carry on. We know you are merciful and gracious, for you have sent Christ to the Cross to redeem us is make us your own. Surely you will not forsake us in this hour of uncertainty in the world. Remove the worries and anxious fears which want to overtake us. Give us grace to trust in you, our loving father in Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen.
Let us pray for all things as we do in the Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.