The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?
When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh,
My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident.
One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
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 meditate in His temple.
For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle;
In the secret place of His tent He will hide me;
He will lift me up on a rock.
And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.
– Psalm 27:1-6 NASB
This psalm is specifically attributed to David. God called David “a man after my own heart” – so much so that God had David pour out his heart into what became the book of Psalms. There are 150 different psalms in this book. Not all of them are specifically attributed to David, but the entire book can be considered part of the overflow of his spiritual energy. A thousand years after they were written, Jesus was able to shape his own mind according to these “songs of the heart.” And three thousand years after they were written, you and I can do the same.
The big difference for us today is that we can understand “the Lord” in these verses to be Jesus of Nazareth, raised from the dead and ascended into eternal glory as God and Father of the new creation – the universe in which we find ourselves.
The Lord Jesus is our “light” – the light by which we walk. And He is our “salvation” – the antidote to the corruption that living in this world can bring. We plant words like these in our hearts to restore our souls.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord Jesus, help me to adopt the words of Psalm 27:1-6 from above as my own this morning. And let the attitude they form in me last all day long. Forgive my sins and let me live like an innocent child before You today…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.