My Light and My Salvation
Psalm 27:1-6 “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? 2 When the wicked came against me To eat up my flesh, My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell .3Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident. 4One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple. 5For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. 6And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.”
I. My light and my salvation.
A. Light shows the way when in doubt, confusion or fear.
B. The world and its darkness press in on every hand but the very light of heaven shines upon my life.
Revelation 21:22-23 “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 23And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.”
Revelation 22:5 “There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.”
C. His light shows me who I am, where I’m at (my sin) and who I’m meant to be and how I’m going to get there. (To fulfill my destiny and purpose. This is Kingdom of heaven coming to my earth.)
II. No fear for He is my strength.
A. My strength fails me. It won’t get me out of my dilemma, out of sin or into heaven.
B. With confidence, I abandon all dependence upon self.
Romans 5:6 “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.”
III. A trap for the enemy.
A. An entire army is no match for the Lord.
1. Pharaoh’s army swallowed up by the Red Sea.
2. God tears down the walls of Jericho.
3. Jehoshaphat’s prayer and God’s response.
II Chronicles 20:12 “we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”
II Chronicles 20:15 “Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
II Chronicles 20:17 “You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.”
II Chronicles 20:22 “Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.”
B. God lays a trap even in the midst of the enemy’s camp.
C. No matter how violent the warfare against me, God is to be depended on.
IV. One thing I desire.
A. To dwell in the house of the Lord. (not just visit occasionally)
B. To behold His beauty.
1. Get a glimpse of the glory and majesty of God.
Psalm 84:10-11 “For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. 11For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
2. To see the life of God overpowering death and all its aspects and attributes.
C. To inquire in His temple.
1. Because I’m a child of God, I have a right to come boldly before the throne of grace. (Hebrews 4:16)
2. In the temple, I hear the voice of God and His Rhema Word to me sustains me, gives me strength and direction. (See Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:4)
V. Hidden in His pavilion in the time of trouble.
A. It’s a secret place known only to God and revealed to me.
B. It’s a place of stability and strength.
C. Enemies are brought down as I am lifted up.
VI. Many reasons to worship and praise Him.
A. When the enemy comes against us, we remember our relationship to the Lord and His promises to us.
Romans 8:31 “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
B. Instead of yielding to fear, we surrender to worship and praise.
C. Don’t wait till the battles over, shout now.
I Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
D. Come into God’s presence and wait on Him. You WILL be VICTORIOUS!