1 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?
2 When the wicked advance against me to devour me,
it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.
3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.
David had real enemies, and King Saul was one. David had every reason to fear for his life. But instead, David puts his faith in the Lord, calling God his light and his salvation, and the stronghold of his life.
Maybe you are blessed to live in safety. You don’t remember if there ever was a time when you feared for your life. How amazingly blessed you are! Give God a prayer of thanks, as you think about those who have been victims of terrorism or racism or the target of religious persecution. Pray for those who live in the midst of warfare and for children growing up where there is danger on the streets and within their own families.
Whether circumstances in your life are good or not so good, the truths David wrote about in this psalm are ones we lift up today and every day. God is our light and our salvation. God is the stronghold of our life. Through the worst that can happen, our God will always be there. Do not be afraid.
Thank you, God, for any blessings I name today, and especially the blessing of living in a safe environment where I need not fear for my life. Yet I also know there are many around the world who are not so blessed in that way. I pray for those who are afraid – because they are facing a difficult medical problem, because they are threatened physically or psychologically within their family, and for those who are the target of persecution and racism. In all things let me find in you the stronghold of my life, my rock and my foundation. This I pray in Christ’s name. Amen.