This short sentence seems to sum up the whole essence of the Christian faith. The Lord is the light which illuminates the darkest, most frightening depths of our lives, and it shows us the safe path to tread as we make our way through this dangerous world. This light of the Lord is our salvation, without which we would be lost and alone, afraid and vulnerable to attack and death. And so, because the brightness of God has been revealed to us, we are truly safe as we walk in the light, and we need never be afraid again. However, although we are safe as long as we walk in God’s way, we still live in a world full of enemies and danger. Salvation doesn’t remove us from danger or take away temptation. Salvation gives us the freedom to rise above our worldly fears and concerns. Knowledge of God and his love, gives us a place of refuge in times of trouble, where we can conquer our fear and face the danger with a renewed strength that we could not possibly summon up on our own.
Psalms 27:1-6 NLT
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?
2 When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.
3 Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid.
Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident.
4 The one thing I ask of the Lord— the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.
5 For he will conceal me there when troubles come;
he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock.
6 Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me.
At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy,
singing and praising the Lord with music.
Salvation, through faith in Jesus gives us such strength, that even when surrounded by our enemies, we can make sacrifices with joy in our hearts, all the while singing to the Lord in praise. I have been a little bit surprised that I have kept my spirits up over the last few turbulent and uncertain months. However, it is only a surprise because I am so new to my faith. I have been captivated by the immense wonders and mind blowing truths I have found in the bible. The surprise has been how quickly I have found them applied in my own daily life. My goal therefore, is to try to write up the experiences of this last year so that I might share this testimony in the future.
2 Chronicles 35:1-36:23, 1 Corinthians 1:1-17, Psalms 27:1-6, Proverbs 20:20-21