The Lord, Our Light and Salvation!

Psalm 27:1-14 (ESV)

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? When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: 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 inquire in his temple. 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 lift me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be 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. Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.” Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation! For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the LORD will take me in. Teach me your way, O LORD, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies. Give me not up to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and they breathe out violence. I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!

It is not clear when or why David wrote this psalm. It could have been because he had an illness, or was on the run from Saul, or if it was because of his anointing as king over Israel. Regardless, he sought strength of the Lord, and the privilege of seeking the face of the Lord in the Tent of Meeting. David is supremely confident in the Lord, and in the Lord’s ability to save him from all his foes.

We as Christians should be just as confident, perhaps even more so. David did not have the security of knowing that Jesus shed His blood for him. He had prophesied that the Lord would redeem His people, but David did not know how, or when. Even though Psalm 22 described in detail the Crucifixion, it probably meant something to David at the time it was written as well. As Christians, we know that Jesus has redeemed us. We know when. We know how. We know that Jesus also promised that He would not leave us or forsake us.

Our perfection (completion) has yet to occur. We will not see completion until we go to our rest, and meet Jesus face to face. But even in this life, we know that He loves us. We will see His redemption, whether individually, or if we live until His return, we will rest in His goodness.

Let us take heart, as the psalmist does that the eyes of the Lord are upon us, and that He is our shelter, defender, and deliverer. If we are persecuted in this life because of doing His will and His works, He will take care of the oppressors. We may or may not see justice in this life, but we will get eternity in the presence of God.

Rejoice in God’s goodness. Rejoice in His mercy. As Jesus told His disciples, “Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20). This is the bottom line. This is the ultimate gift. May God bless each of us.

by Virgil Stripes

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