Lord is My Light, Whom Shall I Fear?

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“The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear?” (Psalm 27). It is a matter of faith, is it not? Our God promises to defend us from the wickedness and snares of our foes, those who wish to devour us. He is absolute in his love for us and in his desire to keep us safe. But do we believe this?

As we know, faith is everything. If we have but the faith of a mustard seed, we are told, we could move mountains. How many times do we hear Jesus saying to someone he has just healed, or forgiven, “Your faith has saved you?” We have seen the mighty and powerful deeds done by the Father in the Old Testament and by Jesus in the New Testament. The evidence of his love and the faithfulness of his word are everywhere in the Bible. But do we believe? Do our lives reveal that we believe this truth? Are we confident enough in our faith to live our lives in accord with all of his commandments openly, publicly, wherever we are?

Fear not. Trust in God. After all, our salvation has been fulfilled in Jesus Christ. If we have doubts, let us give them over to God. If we have fears, let us turn them over to his graceful love and he will immediately let his graces flow into us. All good comes from God. When we are surrounded by enemies, when we are overwhelmed by the trials and tribulations of this life, if we but humbly turn to God, believing wholeheartedly in his love for us, his response toward us will be swift and sure.

God had given much grace to the psalmist as he wrote this prayer. His love for God and his desire to be in God’s presence is evident in his words: “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple” (verse 4). The psalmist’s prayer is our prayer too, isn’t it? He has expressed our deepest desire as well. And, like David, we too can express our boundless hope that God will rescue us when we are in need. We, too, long to be in God’s presence all the days of our lives and for eternity. We can trust that he will hear our voices and respond to our petitions when we call.

Lord, In the end we wish to be able to say with David, “I remain confident of this, I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (verse 14). We wait for you Lord. Help us to be strong and to take heart in our waiting. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen!

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.