“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? When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell. Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear. Though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident. (NKJV)
This Word is fresh manna from the table of the Lord and especially for you! Let us feed on heavenly food and receive the Savior’s sustenance from Psalm 27 as we look at it over the next few weeks.
This Psalm was written when David was going through a time of great difficulty. His enemies were after him, his life was in danger, and he had no safe place to call his own. However, he pressed on, and overcame every difficulty to rise to the throne of the nation, because he trusted in the Lord. Let us draw from David’s life today.
1) The Lord is our light. David was experiencing a time of great darkness. He writes about his enemies trying to destroy him, and whole armies lying in ambush against him. Wars were breaking out because of him, and the darkness was strong against him. However, he was still in the light because he was focusing on the Lord. Jesus said in John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” David followed the light and filled His life with the Light. Jesus also said in Matthew 6:22 & 23: “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad your whole body will be full of darkness.” David discovered a divine Truth, that we are filled with what we most focus on. Our “whole body” (everything that makes up our lives on this earth, body, spirit and soul) is affected by what most consumes our focus. Friend, what or who are you fixing your gaze on most? Paul said to the people of Athens (in Acts 17:28) “In Him we live and move and have our being”. When we feed on the Light and live by the Light, we can walk in the light, and the darkness cannot snuff us out! John wrote about Jesus in John 1:4 & 5: “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” The sad reality is that many people (including the Blood bought remnant) focus and feed on the darkness rather than on the powerful and beautiful light of Jesus and His reality, and so, their lives have no light and no joy. 1 John 1:5 says “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all”. Friend, the light of God is in you. Let it burn strong and fierce and dispel any darkness that comes against you. Just before the crucifixion, Jesus said to His disciples: “The ruler of this world is coming, but he has nothing in Me”. Darkness was heading in His direction but there was no open door and nothing dark in Jesus that the enemy could connect to. The light shows us any spiritual cobwebs lurking in corners. These may be those “little” sins we have compromised with for many years, until we allow the light to burn bright and expose all that needs to go. When we walk in the light we are walking in victory. David confessed the Lord as His light, and we need to do the same today. As we claim Jesus as our light, we call forth His living light to flood into our lives and break confusion, deception, defeat and every form of darkness. Jesus says to you today that you are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14). Wherever you go, you carry His amazing light!
2) The Lord is our salvation. We all confess Jesus as our Savior and know that His eternal sacrifice saved us from our sins and from eternal damnation. However, when we are in a tight corner, most of us may immediately turn to a human solution when our Lord is able and longing to be involved in every situation of our lives, and to save us from every difficulty and attack, and every ambush the enemy has set up against us. David knew that his help was from God and God alone. He confessed the Lord was his salvation. He was all too aware that he was outnumbered by his enemies, and very vulnerable if God did not come to his help. Friend, if you are experiencing a rough time right now, begin to confess (like David did) that the Lord is your salvation. He is your saving grace. He is your first (and last) port of call. He has solutions for your problem which you never even dreamt about! Trust Him to help you and lift you up from where you are. He cares not only about your eternal soul, but about everything that concerns you. He loves you!
3) We will not fear. There was so much going wrong in David’s life, and he probably felt as though everything was falling apart, especially when people he loved rose up against him. However, he made a decision not to give in to fear, and this kept him through all the tough times he went through. Friend, we allow fear to direct us much more than we consciously realize. Even some of our Christian theology is influenced by fear and not on a victory mentality. I have recently been asking the Holy Spirit to show me every area of my life, even in my subconscious and unconscious mind and memories, where any kind of fear resides or dictates. As the Spirit exposes areas that need His attention, I surrender these things to Him, as I call forth the light of Jesus and the power of His Word to cleanse and eradicate any fear, however seemingly unimportant. As I give these things to the Lord, I stand on His Word in James 4:7, that as I submit to God and resist the devil, he will flee from me – hallelujah! I thank God that He is giving me a new boldness and a discernment to recognize fear, wherever it comes from, and to overcome in the power of His name!
4) Confess Jesus as your strength. David was in a position of great weakness, but he confessed the Lord as his strength. Words are so powerful, and when we confess in faith a spiritual truth, it eventually becomes a physical reality. This is because we serve a God “who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did”. (Romans 4:17). It is also because “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21). It is also because “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:5) and when we believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths that which we seek to see (Romans 10:9), we will see it manifested in our lives by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus is your light and your salvation. Jesus is your strength and your deliverance from fear. He has promised to be with you always. He has promised that "neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:38 & 39). Hallelujah! He is mine and I am His forever! He is my light!
Minoli Haththotuwa, 27 August 2012