Reading: Psalm 27: 1 and 4-6
The Psalm opens with three great descriptors of God: light, salvation, stronghold. God is all of these things to the psalmist and to us. The writer, in response to this realization, asks, “whom shall I fear?” and “of whom shall I be afraid”? When we are living with God as our light, salvation, and stronghold, the same is true for us: we have nothing to fear and no one to be afraid of.
God is our light. The lights casts away darkness. In God’s presence, evil and the powers of darkness flee. Light also reveals. God’s light reveals things we need to change and areas where we need to grow. Light shows us the way. God’s light guides us on the path that He desires we walk in life.
God is our salvation. Out of God’s love for us, Jesus put on flesh and dwelled among us. In doing so, Jesus revealed more of God’s nature to us and also set an example for how we are to love God and to love neighbor. All of this is wonderful, but still falls short of salvation. We must confess our sins and profess that Jesus is Lord of our lives. Until we declare this, Jesus is just a nice guy who lived a really nice life. Once we submit to Jesus’ reign in our lives, then we are saved and know salvation. In order to make this possible, Jesus chose the cross. Jesus sacrificed Himself for the forgiveness of our sins. It is only through this forgiveness that we are cleansed and made righteous again before God. It is through this loving act that we can repent of and confess our sins every time we fail. Then we are made right and can again enter into a pure and holy relationship with our God. We are cleansed by the blood of the Lamb and saved for salvation through Jesus Christ.
God is our stronghold. Once we walk in the light and know the mercy and love of God, then nothing can defeat us – not temptation, not sin, not disease, not even death. God’s power and presence are our stronghold no matter what the world or Satan throws against us. There will be trials and struggles and temptations, but God’s light shines through them, giving us strength and hope and promise. Knowing our eternity is secure in God, the things of this world are not so terrible or frightening. God will have the last word. All of this helps when we are in the valleys. It is here that our greatest help comes from God. God walks with us in the valleys, even carrying us when that is what we need. It is when we need God most that God takes us into His arms and becomes our stronghold.
God is our light, salvation, and stronghold. Thanks be to God.