Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
“My light”, “My Salvation” and the “Strength of My Life”
“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?”
No wonder this Psalm is counted among the favorites of many Christians. It is a glorious Psalm of praise and declaration of faith. The central theme of this Psalm is declared in Verse 1: “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?” Certainly the Psalmist knows what it means to be in a time of trouble, as it seems that so much of his life was filled with trouble. Yet his heart is continually filled with praise to God. Instead of seeking vengeance against his enemies, he seeks help from the Lord. In this Psalm, the Psalmist makes a threefold declaration: the Lord is “My Light”, “My Salvation” and “Strength of My Life”.
The author seems to have a personal experience of the divine light; therefore, he pronounces boldly, “the Lord is My Light”. In every sense, our Lord is our light, both within us and around us. For the Lord to be the light, it means that He illuminates our lives and chases away all darkness and evil forces and enemies in our path. There can be no darkness in our path where the light of the Lord is shining. Because darkness is not a separate force opposite of light, but rather it is the absence of light, where a light shines, no darkness can remain within the reach of that light (see John 1:5). How easy it is for us to say this and take it for granted, or to not even grasp the fullness of what it means?
The Psalmist also affirms that the “Lord is my Salvation. The Lord has paid the debt owed on us, brought us out of our exile into His freedom, cleansed us from all our sins and brought us into the glory of His Kingdom. Nothing can compare to the greatness of the salvation that we have through Jesus Christ. Whoever, then by faith hold on to God, can claim all covenant blessings in His possession. Here the covenant of His blessing to the author is the help in his time of trouble.
The Psalmist further proclaims that “the Lord is the Strength of My Life”. Our life derives all its strength from Him who is the author if it. If He wills to make us strong, we cannot be weakened by the powers of the adversary. In Romans 8: 1, we read, "If God be for us, "who can be against us? (Romans 8: 31).
Prayer: LORD, be my light, my Salvation and the strength. Let Your light shine through me, to bring the light of Your truth to a dark world. Amen.
Thought for the day: The Lord is salvation to the lost, wholeness to the broken, comfort for the troubled, healing for the sick, and joy for the downtrodden.
Dr. Thomas Ninan, Mar Thoma Church of Greater Washington