Proclaiming the excellence of Him who called me out of darkness…
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?
While cleaning out some old files yesterday – files that have been stored away for years – I was thrilled to find the outline of a talk I had given to a women’s group at least ten years ago. In that talk, I had applied the characteristics of light to ways God had revealed Himself to me.
You would have to know the stronghold fear held on my life – for decades – to understand how precious the truth of Psalm 27 is to me. Maybe as I have time over the summer I’ll elaborate, but for now I just want to share the outline:
Light shows us the way out of darkness…
“I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.” John 12:46
Light shows us the way in darkness…
“Rejoice not over me, O my enemy;
when I fall, I shall rise;
when I sit in darkness,
the Lord will be a light to me.” Micah 7:8
Light reveals what is hiding in the darkness…
“He uncovers the deeps out of darkness
and brings deep darkness to light.” Job 12:22
“But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible” Ephesians 5:13
“He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3
Light shines through “cracks” and weaknesses…
“For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” II Corinthians 4:5-6
“Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.” Philippians 2:14-16
“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you,
and his glory will be seen upon you.” Isaiah 60:1-2
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” I Peter 2:9