by the Rev. Henry Huenemann
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid (Psalm 27:1).
1The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
2When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
3Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
4One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; 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 enquire in his temple.
5For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
6And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.
7Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
8When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
9Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
10When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.
11Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
12Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.
13I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
14Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Light and life belong together. Without light there is no life. Without life there is no light. "In him was life, and the life was the light of men." All outside of Christ is darkness and death; but "God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." "In thy light shall we see light." It is He who has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light. In this light we can bask, we can grow, we can prosper.
Alas! "men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil;" and "every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God."
Are my works wrought in God? or are they unfruitful works of darkness? Shall I be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light, or shall I be cast into outer darkness? The true light now shineth. "Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you .... While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light, " and enjoy the everlasting light in the city of God, whose lamp .... is the Lamb.
Our Father, we thank Thee that Thou hast commanded the light to shine out of darkness; that Thou has given us Jesus Christ, the light of the world; that Thou hast called us from darkness unto Thy marvelous light. Help us to show forth Thy praises. May we be true followers of Christ, so that we may have the light of life. Cause many who still walk in darkness to believe in the light, that they may be children of light. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
Scripture in Devotional: John 1:40; 2 Cor. 4:6; Ps. 36:9; 1 Pet. 2:9; John 3:19-21; Col. 1:12; Matt. 8:12; 1 John 2:8; John 12:35, 36; Isa. 21:12; 60:20; Rev. 21:23.
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