Further thoughts on Psalm 27:1, “The Lord is my light”
[When all is dark, when I can’t see the way, when confusion reigns and I don’t know what to do, you shine your light on the path, Lord Jesus, for you are light itself and your presence brings light, whether we can see it or not. At the right time we will be enlightened. Praise you for your faithfulness in illuminating the way.]
“And my salvation.”
[You–the Star Breather, the Earth Spinner, the Dawn Bringer, the History Ender–are at work in great power, in deep wisdom and in unquenchable love to bring what is best within a broken world
I think of all the times over the years you have protected me in driving, all the times I should have had an accident, yet you alerted me, kept me from changing lanes or had others avoid me.
Thank you for keeping us safe just recently when the brakes on my aged vehicle give out twice, both times in good places, preventing an accident. I praise you for what you are doing every day to protect us, both from our own foolishness and from others’ errors.
Praise be to you, Lord, for your great faithfulness and love, your gracious, undeserved protection and help. Truly you protect and deliver on every level: eternal, temporal, spiritual, intellectual, volitional, emotional, physical, financial, social, vocational.
You shield, you deliver, you provide, you warn, you rescue, you embrace. Why? Because you are love itself, you cherish your children, you delight in us, you choose to love in spite of what we are.
I praise you in the midst of shame for my unbelief, in wonder for your gracious forgiveness, in humility for your goodness, in joy for your undeserved love, in enthusiasm for your delight in your children, in deep thankfulness for your marvelous, rich, positive and good character.
In you I am safe, in you I am secure, in you I am significant, in you is all I need. Praise you that you are save to the uttermost those who believe in you.]
“whom shall I fear?”
[With a God like you watching over me in love, tenderness, forgiveness and power, who else should have sway over me? Who else should I fear and respect in obedience? Who else could bring real damage to me when you filter out what is truly harmful?
You only are the One to be feared, to be obeyed, to be revered. Praise be to you in all, Lord Jesus, Redeemer of all, especially of those who believe.
I praise you now for what you have planned for my life today, I delight in your love, rejoice in your provision, and revel in your perfection. May you be exalted today in my life, for you deserve all glory, honor and praise in and for all things. ]