Paul asked this question, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). And David had similar sentiments in this Psalm. Verse 1 reads,
“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?”
David referred to The Lord as his light. He didn’t mean a lamp or a candle, or even a candelabra. He meant light like the dawning of the sun. Daylight so bright that no darkness can exist while it shines. The Lord is our light and our salvation. He delivers us from evil. He rescues from the enemy. And He gives us freedom. The Lord is our stronghold, our place of defense, our refuge. He not only defends us, he keeps our life safe from the enemy.
The enemy may be able to hurt and maim, but he can’t take Jesus away from us, He can’t take away our salvation. Whom shall we fear? If God is for us, who can be against us? The enemy will always try to hurt those with faith in the Lord. But with faith in God, we have nothing to fear from anything. Verses 2-3 read,
“When evildoers assail me
to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
it is they who stumble and fall.
3 Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.”
The enemy can and will make war on us. He will try to shake our faith by hurling lies at us, by causing chaos, trouble, and suffering. He may cause us grief, but He cannot take us out of God’s hands. The more we know our God, the more faith we have in Him. We can let Him be our light, salvation, and stronghold of our life. Remember Jesus died on the cross and He rose again. At that moment the devil was defeated. But he keeps trying. He wants us to be paralyzed from the injuries he inflicts. He wants us to be ineffective and not stand with the army of the Kingdom of God.
Whatever wounds he perpetrates, cannot cripple us if we have faith. We are to wear the armor of God not to look good but to be defended and to fight the enemy. God Himself is every piece of that armor. He is our Refuge, our Shield, our sword, and our Defense. If you are unfamiliar with the armor of God I recommend you go to Ephesians chapter 6 and read it. Paul describes the armor in verses 10-18.
Why is it we can be confident even in the face of the enemy’s war against us? Because the war has already been won. We are victors with Jesus. Revelation 12:10-12 describes our victory this way,
“And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. 11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. 12 Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”
We still fight the battles, but not for ourselves, we’re already free. We fight to free the prisoners of war who are bound in Satan’s chains and who are ignorant of their situation. We still fight the enemy, but we do so with great confidence because we know the outcome.
And that outcome makes us sing for joy, sing out the testimony of the greatness of The Lord. David loved to spend time worshipping and praising the Lord in His temple. It brought him peace and joy to spend time with The Lord. He delighted in the Word and He relished getting to know God more and more. It was that time with God, whether in good times or bad that built his faith. Verses 4-6 read,
“One thing have I asked 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 gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in his temple.
5 For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will lift me high upon a rock.
6 And now my head shall be lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.”
The Lord does this for us too, we are hidden in Him and He abides in us. The concept is far beyond my capacity to understand but I trust in it. We are in God and God is in us. I get a picture of paints of different colors swirled around one another so that the yellow is in the purple swirls and the purple is in the yellow swirls.
God never abandons us. He is so united with us that we cannot be separated from Him. When troubles come, when good times come, when we forget our faith and let fear overwhelm us, we call on The Lord and He answers, always. He knows us. Verses 7-12 read,
“Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!
8 You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
“Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
9 Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
O God of my salvation!
10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
but the Lord will take me in.
11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
12 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence.”
Remember when the enemy tries to wound you, you are in the refuge of God. And He is in you. He surrounds you with His armor and the enemy cannot touch you. God’s path is level and straight. The enemy can and will make threats against you, but you don’t have to believe his lies, you know who God is, you know who you are in Christ, and you know the enemy is defeated. You know the hope of eternal life. Verses 13-14 read,
“I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living!
14 Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!”
Let your hope give you courage and strength. One day we will be in eternity with God and see Him in person, right now by faith we know Him a little, but then we will know Him wholly as we look directly at Him. Paul describes it this way in 1 Corinthians 13:12,
“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.”
Believer, let that give you courage and strength to face the world, battle the enemy, and glorify The Lord God Almighty.