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?
Psalm 27 – link
When we look at Psalm 27, it is very apparent that trouble is in David’s way and fear is knocking on his door. It is also very clear that David knows what to do when fear knocks, he answers the door with faith. David understood that to withstand the troubles of this world a person must have faith and not just any kind of old faith – not faith in the pocketbook, not faith in man, not faith in intellect, not faith in self, BUT sure and certain faith in the True and Living God.
The God who was, and is and forever shall be. The God who does not change, the same, today, yesterday and forever. The Sovereign God who is large and in charge. The Great God, I Am Who I AM, everything we need, our sufficiency, and the only reliable One. The God who is gracious, compassionate, abounding in love, grants new mercy every morning, faithful and good, all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever present.
David didn’t just know about this God but he knew Him up close and personal. We see this in all the I’s, my’s and me’s along with the present tense verbs throughout this Psalm. When trouble walked in, David started exercising faith in his God who was on his side.
Listen to David in Verse 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?
David didn’t keep his eye on his trouble, he kept His eyes on the Lord. Had some of us written this Psalm, we would have started it out by rehearsing all our trouble, pain, and sorrow. “I’ve got this and that going on, just don’t know what I’m going to do, the thing I fear is, I’m afraid that.” It would be a re-run of the Hee Haw song, “doom, despair, agony on me.” But not David, trouble shows up, fear tries to overtake him and David begins expressing his faith. Some would call it, agreeing with God and preaching to yourself.
He says, “The Lord IS MY light.” The electric company can’t give me what I need but “The Lord” I know He can and will. 1 John 1:5 declares that “God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all.” David knew that the only true path out of trouble is in the light of the Lord and His promises. He knows the Lord as the lamp unto his feet and a light unto his path, and that the Lord, Himself would guide his footsteps. David is expressing his trust in the Lord.
His mouth confesses what is in his heart, The Lord IS MY light, whom shall I fear. The Lord IS MY very salvation. He has promised to preserve me and to deliver me. He IS MY defender and battle ax, the Almighty God IS MY Savior. In Him I am safe and secure – who [or what] shall I, His chosen, fear. David goes on to say, “The Lord”, the Omnipotent One is the strength of my life of whom shall I be afraid. David understands that in his natural man, he wouldn’t be able to stand, he would go down every time but with the Spirit of God as his very present help (not by might, nor by power but by my Spirit said the Lord) he does not need to be afraid.
David speaks his faith out loud because Proverbs 18:21 teaches us that “life and death is in the tongue”, speak life and you’ll receive life, speak death and there will be dead stuff that seems to overwhelm us. Fear is the spirit of the enemy. God speaks in 2 Timothy 1:7, “for God gave us a spirit NOT OF FEAR but of power and love and self-control.”
The anointing of God took over when he chose to speak life. When David chose to agree with God, it gave him power over his enemies. Jesus gave His life so that death would not take us over, not just in the physical but in every regard. Doesn’t mean that trouble won’t come our way but Jesus said, “take heart, I have overcome the world.”
Jesus also said in John 10:10 which is the reality of every circumstance and situation the true believer faces this side of glory, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.“
SURE AND CERTAIN THAT GOD IS WHO HE SAYS HE IS AND
HE DOES EVERYTHING HE SAYS.
HIS EVERY PROMISE IS TRUE!
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