A song from David.
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? Ps. 27, 1
During this season of the year, the days are getting shorter and darker in the Northern hemisphere on our planet. This has deep affects on the mood of many people. And to add to the difficult scenario, a lockdown comes on top of it here in Germany during this month. Everyday life has completely changed. Personal contacts are restricted. Restaurants, bars and pubs are closed. As well as cinemas and even Fitness studios. Furthermore we are not supposed to travel privately anymore. For many people this results into a mental crisis and lack of perspective. Fear is spreading among many fellow citizens in view of the coming months.
In this circumstances David´s words are quite encouraging to me! Of course David did not know a lockdown during his time. And the winter months were probably also easy to bear in his palace. He lived in completely different times. But his life story shows that he too had to go through very tough phases. As a man of God he too understood sleepless nights. And quite often he didn´t know how to proceed. He knew times, when he was weak and discouraged.
In this 27th Psalm he passes on an important life experience that carried him through difficult phases of life. He tells us what helped him when he was attacked by fear. He tells us what helped him when everything around him seemed to be dark and threatening. He could say: God himself is my light and my salvation, he is the power of my life, so who should I fear?
He says: God is my light, he is my salvation. His faith, his trust in the living God provide courage for him. Jesus Christ, our Lord and God tells us: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
We are therefore invited to let the Lord Jesus Christ, the light of the world, enter into our lives. This light wants to make our soul bright, it wants to overcome dark thoughts and therefore provide us with security and with its warmth as well. This divine light not only makes us bright, but also radiates comfort.
Do you still remember light bulbs? They have been banned for a long time now. These light bulbs were real energy wasters. They not only gave off light, but also a lot of warmth. God's presence radiates both. God can afford to be an "energy waster" in our lives. He wants to make it bright, and at the same time we experience his wasteful love that warms our hearts. - The light of God gives us comfort, hope, serenity, inner peace.
David concludes his prayer with a word of comfort (v. 14): “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord”. Not a pious frosting of sugar is poured over the many painful experiences in life, instead certainty shines: it is worthwhile to trust God in all difficulties and put our hope in him. It is good to let the Lord Jesus Christ into our lives, to open our hearts to Him. So that through God's Spirit we can get clear thoughts and a clear head again. Jesus, the light for our world, can warm up every heart that has become cold, bring it back to life and fill it with joy and comfort.
For the lockdown a wise journalist wrote “No one can see into the future. But one can learn from the past”. He thought that politicians should not repeat the mistakes of the past. Only God knows what the future will bring. However, I can still learn from the past. David is my example. These ancient words strengthen my faith. I learn to trust God completely even in difficult phases of my life. For the Lord Jesus Christ is my light and my salvation, of whom or what should I fear? Jesus Christ is the power of my life, what should I be horrified for?
I wish you a heart flooded and filled with God's light. I wish you a heart filled with God's peace in the middle of this unpeaceful world!
I do look forward to meet again on 1st December! Until then may the Lord bless you!
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