My Light And My Salvation

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?
Psalms 27:1

David had a strong sense of what the Lord was doing in his life at the moment. “The Lord is” he says – present tense. Light, salvation, and defense are what he was experiencing. These are the effects God has upon us; He can embolden us to cast the fear of man aside.

The following is taken directly from The Treasury of David by Spurgeon.

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EXPOSITION

The Lord is my light and my salvation. Here is personal interest, “my light,” “my salvation;” the soul is assured of it, and therefore, declaring it boldly. “My light;” — into the soul at the new birth divine light is poured as the precursor of salvation; where there is not enough light to see our own darkness and to long for the Lord Jesus, there is no evidence of salvation. Salvation finds us in the dark, but it does not leave us there; it gives light to those who sit in the valley of the shadow of death. After conversion our God is our joy, comfort, guide, teacher, and in every sense our light; he is light within, light around, light reflected from us, and light to be revealed to us. Note, it is not said merely that the Lord gives light, but that he “is” light; nor that he gives salvation, but that he is salvation; he, then, who by faith has laid hold upon God has all covenant blessings in his possession. Every light is not the sun, but the sun is the father of all lights. This being made sure as a fact, the argument drawn from it is put in the form of a question,

Whom shall I fear? A question which is its own answer. The powers of darkness are not to be feared, for the Lord, our light, destroys them; and the damnation of hell is not to be dreaded by us, for the Lord is our salvation. This is a very different challenge from that of boastful Goliath, for it is based upon a very different foundation; it rests not upon the conceited vigour of an arm of flesh, but upon the real power of the omnipotent I AM.

The Lord is the strength of my life. Here is a third glowing epithet, to show that the writer’s hope was fastened with a threefold cord which could not be broken. We may well accumulate terms of praise where the Lord lavishes deeds of grace. Our life derives all its strength from him who is the author if it; and if he deigns to make us strong we cannot be weakened by all the machinations of the adversary. Of whom shall I be afraid? The bold question looks into the future as well as the present. “If God be for us,” who can be against us, either now or in time to come?

EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Alice Driver, martyr, at her examination, put all the doctors to silence, so that they had not a word to say, but one looked upon another; then she said, “Have you no more to say? God be honoured, you be not able to resist the Spirit of God, in me, a poor woman. I was an honest poor man’s daughter, never brought up at the University as you have seen; but I have driven the plough many a time before my father, I thank God; yet, notwithstanding, in the defence of God’s truth, and in the cause of my Master, Christ, by his grace I will set my foot against the foot of any of you all, in the maintenance and defence of the same; and if I had a thousand lives they should go for the payment thereof.” So the Chancellor condemned her, and she returned to the prison joyful. — Charles Bradbury.

The Lord is my light, etc. St. John tells us, that “in Christ was life; and the life was the light of men;” but he adds that, “the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” John 1:4-5. There is a great difference between the light, and the eye that sees it. A blind man may know a great deal about the shining of the sun, but it does not shine for him — it gives him no light. So, to know that “God is light,” is one thing 1 John 1:5, and to be able to say, “The Lord is my light,” is quite another thing. The Lord must be the light by which the way of life is made plain to us — the light by which we may see to walk in that way — the light that exposes the darkness of sin — the light by which we can discover the hidden sins of our own hearts. When he is thus our light, then he is our salvation also. He is pledged to guide us right; not only to show us sin, but to save us from it. Not only to make us see God’s hatred of sin, and his curse upon it, but also to draw us unto God’s love, and to take away the curse. With the Lord lighting us along the road of salvation, who, or what need we fear? Our life is hid with Christ in God. Col 3:3. We are weak, very weak, but his “strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor 12:2. With the Lord himself pledged to be the strength of our life, of whom need we be afraid? — From Sacramental Meditations on the Twenty-seventh Psalm, 1843.

The Lord is my light. “Light” which makes all things visible, was the first made of all visible things; and whether God did it for our example, or no, I know not; but ever since, in imitation of this manner of God’s proceeding, the first thing we do when we intend to do anything, is to get us “light.” — Sir Richard Baker.

The Lord is my light. Adorable Sun, cried St. Bernard, I cannot walk without thee: enlighten my steps, and furnish this barren and ignorant mind with thoughts worthy of thee. Adorable fulness of light and heat, be thou the true noonday of my soul; exterminate its darkness, disperse its clouds; burn, dry up, and consume all its filth and impurities. Divine Sun, rise upon my mind, and never set. — Jean Baptiste Elias Avrillon, 1652-1729.

Whom shall I fear? Neither spiritual nor military heroes do exploits through cowardice, Courage is a necessary virtue. In Jehovah is the best possible foundation for unflinching intrepidity. — William S. Plumer.

Of whom shall I be afraid? I have no notion of a timid, disingenuous profession of Christ. Such preachers and professors are like a rat playing at hide and seek behind a wainscot, who puts his head through a hole to see if the coast is clear, and ventures out if nobody is in the way; but slinks back again if danger appears. We cannot be honest to Christ except we are bold for him. He is either worth all we can lose for him, or he is worth nothing. — H.G. Salter, A.M., in “The Book of Illustrations,” 1840.

HINTS TO THE VILLAGE PREACHER

(first clause). The relation of illumination to salvation, or the need of light if men would be saved.

The Christian hero, and the secret springs of his courage.

The believer’s fearless challenge.

WORKS ON THE TWENTY-SEVENTH PSALM

Excellent Encouragements against Afflictions, containing David’s Triumph over Distress; or an Exposition of Ps 27. By THOMAS PIERSON, M.A. (Reprinted in Nichol’s Series of Puritan Commentaries.)

Meditations upon the 27 th Psalm of David. By SIR RICHARD BAKER. (See “Works,” pg 10.)

01/22: MY HOME RUN FOR FUN

I am going to stretch myself a little this year and chart a virtual run back to my home town of McClure, Ohio to the house I grew up in. This will be a 1489 mile journey and I hope to complete it in 365 days.

6 more miles.
slow but steady

Psalm 27: A Psalm of Fearless Trust in God

A Psalm of David.

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?
2 When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh,
My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
3 Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident.

4 One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord
And to meditate in His temple.


5 For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle;
In the secret place of His tent He will hide me;
He will lift me up on a rock.
6 And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice,
And be gracious to me and answer me.
8 When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You,
“Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.”
9 Do not hide Your face from me,
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not abandon me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation!
10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
But the Lord will take me up.

11 Teach me Your way, O Lord,
And lead me in a level path
Because of my foes.
12 Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries,
For false witnesses have risen against me,
And such as breathe out violence.
13 I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord.

Out of all the things David asks of the Lord, which one is the highest on your lists of things that you would want from God today? I indicated mine in bold above.

There is pleasure in gazing upon the mighty and majestic. When the subject is perfectly mighty and majestic in all His ways, then there is a corresponding satisfaction. This gratification does not come automatically, hence the need and request for a place to “dwell” and “meditate.”

Word Cloud

What’s a word cloud? An attractive arrangement of randomly positioned words, where the most important words are bigger than the others.

This shows this psalm to be a prayer and the disclosing of one’s heart.

Here is what Word Cloud looks like after removing 3 words “Lord,” “me,” and “I” from the list. Consider these to be keywords.

The following is taken directly from The Treasury of David by Spurgeon.

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More and more is the conviction forced upon my heart that every man must traverse the territory of the Psalms himself if he would know what a goodly land they are. They flow with milk and honey, but not to strangers; they are only fertile to lovers of their hills and vales. None but the Holy Spirit can give a man the key to the Treasury of David; and even he gives it rather to experience than to study. Happy is he who for himself knows the secret of the Psalms.

C. H. Spurgeon Clapham,
November, 1870.

Title and Subject

Nothing whatever can be drawn from the title as to the time when this Psalm was written, for the heading, “A Psalm of David,” is common to so many of the Psalms; but if one may judge from the matter of the song, the writer was pursued by enemies, Ps 27:2-3, was shut out from the house of the Lord, Ps 27:4, was just parting from father and mother, Ps 27:10, and was subject to slander, Ps 27:12; do not all these meet in the time when Doeg, the Edomite, spake against him to Saul? [1 Samuel 21:7 through 22]

It is a song of cheerful hope, well fitted for those in trial who have learned to lean upon the Almighty arm. The Psalm may with profit be read in a threefold way, as the language of David, of the Church, and of the Lord Jesus. The plenitude of Scripture will thus appear the more wonderful.

Division

The poet first sounds forth his sure confidence in his God, Ps 27:1-3, and his love of communion with him, Ps 27:4-6. He then betakes himself to prayer, Ps 27:7-12, and concludes with an acknowledgment of the sustaining power of faith in his own case, and an exhortation to others to follow his example.

01/21: MY HOME RUN FOR FUN

I am going to stretch myself a little this year and chart a virtual run back to my home town of McClure, Ohio to the house I grew up in. This will be a 1489 mile journey and I hope to complete it in 365 days.

64 of 1489
Note the elevation out here.
This is at mile 5 in the map above this picture. 1.5 miles to go down this road for the day!

01/19: MY HOME RUN FOR FUN

I am going to stretch myself a little this year and chart a virtual run back to my home town of McClure, Ohio to the house I grew up in. This will be a 1489 mile journey and I hope to complete it in 365 days.

Desert run

Perspective as I hit mile 57 of 1489.

We Can Have Confidence

Here are some clippings from a short article reminding us that we can have confidence in the midst of these difficulties.

We Can Have Confidence

  • Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket
  • Isaiah and Augustine have much in common. Both faced seismic political change and social upheaval. Doomsday predictions swirled around them both. People were packing their bags and lacing up their running shoes. Some were hiding in caves. Nevertheless, both Isaiah and Augustine faced these cataclysmic changes with confidence and courage because they had their eyes fixed upon God.
  • We also learn that confidence in God is not an excuse to disengage or to retreat from our present circumstances.
  • Confidence in God is not a reason to have overconfidence in our stratagems or in politics. That, too, is a lesson history teaches us.
  • Instead, confidence in God means boldness to deploy that which God has instituted and to rely upon the means He has given us.

01/18: MY HOME RUN FOR FUN

With COVID disrupting the three races I use to motivate myself to stay in shape, I’ve come up with a work around. I am going to stretch myself a little this year and chart a virtual run back to my home town of McClure, Ohio to the house I grew up in.

Here is where I am today.

I must be virus free. This is the first day of the year I felt strong on my run. I feel like I’m getting in the groove or in the zone. I’m supposed to be on my way to Las Vegas, NM from here.

Follow the yellow arrow (White Lakes Rd) and don’t get lost!
Above is a view looking off to my left. That is the Sandia Mountain on the left half.

The Best of My Brain

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