God is Our Light and Our Salvation

“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Psalm 27:1

Suggested Scripture reading – I Samuel 22:1-23

Night drive, Night Driving —ianmunroe (Flickr.com)

It was late but the drive home was going well. Dad and the kids, son 7 and daughter 6, had a great time at the amusement park that day. Mom had not been able to go so they were hurrying home to report all the wonderful things they had been able to do. As they got into town, however, Dad found himself on an unfamiliar road and the traffic was getting very heavy. They were in a foreign country so the roads were sometimes very confusing. He knew that his exit should be coming up soon but as they drove on he realized that he was lost. Making matters worse, all the road signs in that country were in a script he could not read. Dad was beginning to worry. Soon he really did not know where they were and nothing looked familiar. That was when the road ended. Now he was really confused! All he could do was turn around and start back. Now he was beginning to panic. He did not know where he was or where he was going. He wanted to encourage the children, so mustering all the confidence he could, he bravely called to the back seat, “It’s OK guys. We’ll figure it out. Don’t worry.” This was met with silence. A glance in the rear view mirror explained the lack of response. Both kids were sound asleep! They were not afraid. They had no worries. They new that Daddy would get them home safely!
This innocent, child like faith is what King David was expressing in Psalm 21:1. “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” David had endured many difficult, faith-testing times. He had been pursued as a traitor by King Saul. He endured the treachery of his own son Absalom. After all his trials his conclusion was, “The Lord is my light.” He is saying that God gives understanding and joy. He also said, “God is my salvation.” God had delivered David from his enemies on many occasions. His attitude finally was, “whom shall I fear?” His trust in God had grown so strong that he, could say, “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:8)

This was the trust that the children had in their dad. Dad finally pulled over and tried to get directions. A service station attendant got in his truck and led them through all the traffic and right to their home. The Lord took good care of them. The sleeping children woke up the next morning safe and sound in their own beds. It never occurred to them that anything might be different.
Child of God, our heavenly Father is our light and salvation. He gives you wisdom and joy and delivers you out of the snares of the Devil. With David you can say, “God is my “light and my Salvation.” He is your joy and deliverer.

Fear not: For whom shall I fear?”

“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? Romans 8: 31

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