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 27:1)
One thing we all fear as children is the dark. Even as adults we fear the stormy darkness of international terrorism, global recession, and national unrest. In the dark storms of life, God’s light will guide us safely
to the shore of his love and care.
The word used here for “salvation” is elsewhere translated “deliverance.” God delivers us from our own depravity and either from or through the depravity of others. Daily he delivers us from the power of sin in our lives and through the practice of sin in the lives of others.
God is our stronghold—a word meaning “fortress.” He is “Fort God” for us when we are under attack, a tent to protect us from the heat of persecution and opposition, and a rock to keep us above the floods of pressures and strife that constantly surround all who stand for God…
Even at our worst, God will never disown us, change the locks on the door, write us out of his will, or refuse to take our calls. He has promised never to leave us or forsake us. Whenever fear raises its head, we can be confident because with God beside us, behind us, and before us, we can say farewell to fear.
52 Weeks Through the Psalms
When we are under attack from the enemy, there is no safer place to flee to than “Fort God.” Within his walls, we can rest secure from all fear. Not just because he is our stronghold though that’s an important component of our safety but because when we flee to Fort God, we will be received gladly. Though others in this life may reject us—even those we thought were our closest allies—God will never refuse one of his children.
As Christians, we live by the promises of God. It’s imperative that all believers underscore in our minds and hearts that with God as our stronghold, there’s no one we need fear.
What do you fear today? Can you find a promise in the word of God that will compel you to run to Fort God? Live by that promise. With God as your light and salvation, you can say farewell to all fears.
James Merritt. 52 Weeks Through The Psalms Devotional. Harvest House Publishers. Eugene, Oregon, 2018.