Psalm 27 – Day One

Psalm 27 in fourteen days!

October 27-November 9, 2011

I woke up this morning singing versions of songs written from Psalm 27.  Do you know any?  I can think of three.  Harv and Edythe Lyons sing a version that has a happy beat.  Another reminds me of something from Handel’s Messiah.  And, still another comes from a worship song we sang in the 90’s.  In each of these songs the message is clear.  God is our light.  God is our salvation.  God is our strength.

For the next 14 days, let’s spend 14 minutes each day in Psalm 27 discovering more about God and His ongoing love, light, protection, and care for each and every one of us.

October 27, 2011

Day One:  Psalm 27:1 (NIV)

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?

Psalm 27 starts out with some strong statements and some telling questions.  Isn’t that how life is for us?  We know the truth. We know how big God is but even though we have that confident knowledge, there are questions, even fears that sneak in.

  Let’s ponder these powerful and comforting truths.

God is my light.  Not just any light. He is my light. And He is your light.  We can trust Him to spotlight what He desires.

This means He will shine, light on the paths you take, He will bring to the light things that are hidden, and He is the Light of the World.  The list goes on.  Light is a very powerful source.  And, God is light. Light exposes. Light heals.  Light reveals.  Light helps us see the way.  And our God is this light for each one of us – and so much more.

  •       Praise God today for the light He brings to your life. Be specific. 

  •       Pray for His light to reveal His desired outcome for you. Linger here.  Listen well to Him.

 God is my salvation!  He saves us.  And, what I love about His salvation is that it comes to us without any merit of our own.  There is nothing I could do to earn His love, to earn His salvation.  We know that right in the middle of our mistakes, our sin, our failures, He saved us. 

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:

 While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

  •  Praise God today for the salvation He brings to your life. If you have not experienced God’s love through this free gift, you can today!  For more click: http://www.womenpursuinggod.com/blog/?page_id=28

  •  Pray for His salvation to be revealed across our nations. Linger here.  There are many in need of God’s love and salvation.

 God is my strength!  I love this.  This verse not only emphasizes that God is our strength but we know that this strength is available to us for a lifetime.  His strength is our portion for the long haul.  It’s not handed out randomly, or only in certain seasons but we can count on God’s strength each and every moment of our days. 

  • Praise God today for ways He has strengthened you throughout your life. Be specific.

  •  Pray that you will have the ability to recognize that in your weakness His strength is present. Linger here.  Listen well to Him.

So God is light, salvation, and strength.  Let’s ask the question the verse states.  Who, then, will we be afraid of?  Who or what is prominent enough to take our time, our energy, our resources (emotional, spiritual, physical, giftedness etc.) to get us to the point that we expend precious energy on fear?  It’s a worthwhile question to ponder, isn’t it? 

Today, every time you want to be afraid, replace the fear with the knowledge of God’s light, God’s salvation, and God’s strength.  

Be at peace.

Cheryl Lee Davis