The Lord is my light and my salvation—
so why should I be afraid?…
Teach me how to live, O Lord….
Psalm 27:1, 11
The word that David uses here, “salvation,” could easily be translated “life,” or “fullness.” The Lord is my life…. The Lord brings fullness, and meaning, and real joy to our lives…. We don’t know exactly when David wrote this Psalm, but we do know he was experiencing difficulty, and most likely serious, life-threatening conditions. But he says, “I will not fear…”
A simple question for you: what do you fear today? What are the joy-robbers and fear producers in your life? We all have them: Jesus said in this life we would have “trouble.” But what David reminds us here is that those things that we fear and worry about, that cause us to lose sleep at night, can never rob us of our “life,” our true, real life.
Every day we need to ask our Lord to “teach me how to live,” because we let the world define it for us. And “life” is so much more than just what we can touch and smell and see…. We all know that, but we still get so absorbed by temporal stuff….
Ask yourself the question today and this week: “what am I afraid of?” “How important is that- really?” “Am I losing perspective about what makes life truly meaningful?”
And after reflecting on your fears and worries, ask God to show you how to “live” the kind of life Jesus lived: full of joy and peace, even though much of the world around him was against him.
Remember what Paul said: “if the Lord is on our side, who can be against us….?”