Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?”

As you know, in different places in the Bible, God is called by different titles and descriptions. Sometimes He is called “The God of Hosts,” sometimes “The God who sees,” sometimes “The Lord will provide,” sometimes “The Lord is peace,” sometimes “Abba, Father.”

Here in this Psalm God is called, The Lord, and the Hebrew word behind it is “Jehovah.” This is God’s name as revealed to Moses at the burning bush. This is “I am that I am.” This name refers to God’s self-existence and His self-sufficiency. 

The reality is everyone seeks after light, salvation, and strength. It is basic to the human condition to seek after these things. And everyone gets light, salvation, and strength from somewhere. Some get these things from love, some from food, some from their jobs, some from their power and authority, some from religion, some from their family, etc. Everyone goes somewhere to get these things. Let us go to God the self-existent, self-sufficient one to get out light, salvation, and strength. The “I AM” is the only One who can provide these things as we really desire them, all other sources will be broken at best.  

God once said through the Prophet Jeremiah,

Jeremiah 2:13 “For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”

We are God’s people and our great privilege is to allow God to be our light, salvation, and strength. But our hearts are prone to wander. We are prone to forsake the fountain of living waters, and make ourselves cisterns that can hold no water. We are prone to try to find our light, salvation, and strength from somewhere other than God.

Let us return today to the foundation of living waters. This is something for us all to do. Perhaps you need to return to Jehovah for the very first time. God loves you and wants you to be saved. He has done everything necessary for you to be right with Him. All you have to do is trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. God made Jesus to be sin for you so that you can be made the righteousness of God in Jesus. Believe in your heart that God has removed your sin through the sacrifice of His Son and confess with your mouth the reality that now you are the Righteousness of God in Jesus.

Or perhaps you, like me, need to return to the Lord for the 100th time. Whatever the case, let us together return to the Lord who alone is light, salvation, and strength. This is real repentance. Change your mind about what really completes you as a person. Let God be your fullness. Make no new commitment to the Lord, rather receive the commitment that the Lord has made to you.

David

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