By Elizabeth Prata
The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? (Psalm 27:1)
There’s nothing like the Psalms for comfort. I first met the Lord as Light, and I gravitate to all the metaphors of Him as Light. Though to be sure, He IS the Light, and not just metaphorically on this side of earth. He will someday literally provide the only illumination:
The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. (Revelation 21:23)
In Psalm 27, David’s unwavering confidence in the LORD in times of trouble or fear is a good example to us today. We awaken in the morning to more and more bad news
Jesus told us that the run-up to the Tribulation would be fraught with wars and rumors of wars, and nation rising against nation and kingdom against kingdom. (Matthew 24:6-7). Men’s love will be waxing cold, and disobedience and futile thinking will run rampant in the end time. We are in the end time. We have been since Jesus ascended. The time between his departure and His second coming, though, will progressively worsen, and it sure feels like we lurched forward a notch in 2020.
There is plenty of news to worry about, I may not be happy about the current situation in the United States (or the world), I may have a hard time adjusting to new circumstances and losses, but I do not worry.
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. (Psalm 27:5).
Jesus is still on His throne and all that He ordains is for His glory, His plan, and His people’s good.
When the Day of Trouble arises, we will be hidden in His tabernacle, we will be with Him in heaven. The key for me is to look for His goodness. It is one way I keep my eyes fastened on Jesus in days of chaos and trouble.
I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. (Psalm 27:13-14).
I am confident. I’m confident of His promises that we are not reserved for wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:9) but are cleansed and righteous in His eyes. (Heb 10:14). I see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living, in His creation:
I see the goodness of the Lord in the quiet companionship of men:
I see the goodness of the Lord in one helping a child:
I see the goodness of the Lord in His warnings to us, because through them, sometimes repentance comes, and salvation:
He is my Light! And because I am in His Light, I can see where I am going. He responds to our cry, “Teach me your way, LORD; lead me in a straight path.” Walk in His ways, and you will see the path made straight. You will be lifted up on days of trouble and THE Day of Trouble. You will be above and away from your enemies, including that old enemy: sin. The news is dire and the world is as always, winding down, yet “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” (Psalm 27:14).
He soon comes!