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?
What a wonderful word picture of our Heavenly Father! It makes me want to snuggle in a chair with an iced chai latte, a blanket, a fire and read my Bible.
The truth that the Lord is my light, a source of illumination, reminds me that God will show me who He is and who I am.
The truth that God is my salvation gives me comfort and hope.
The truth that the Lord is the stronghold is a promise of protection and security.
I need these words. I need these assurances. We live in a world that is filled with uncertainty and stress. There are so many things competing for our energy and attention. I love knowing that I can put aside the things of the world and get lost in the Word of God.
The creation, the fall, restoration and redemption is the thread that weaves its way throughout the Bible. Every Disney movie follows this storyline! They have copied the greatest story every told. Think about Tangled, one of my favorites. Remember at the beginning of the movie everything was as it should be in the palace. The story begins with a king and a queen and a beautiful princess. The scene is set up to show us that it is perfect, just like the Garden of Eden in Genesis 1 and 2. In Tangled the evil witch comes in and wreaks havoc on the perfection in the castle. Doesn’t that sound familiar? The serpent came into the garden and wreaked havoc. The bulk of the movie is about trying to get back to the place of perfection in the castle. There is a knight in shining armor who comes to save the day, who comes to provide rescue. The process is filled with conflict and fighting but in the end there is restoration and redemption. This is the gospel. The Israelites could not save themselves. They needed a hero, they needed someone to rescue them. We cannot save ourselves, we need someone to rescue us. That someone is Jesus. Think about how many movies, books and plays have this same storyline. They truly are a retelling of the greatest story. But the heroes are not real. They can make things right for a short time but they cannot redeem all things for eternity. We have the redeemed and the restored!
As you begin this new year set aside time to snuggle up with the love letter that your heavenly Father has written to you. I am excited that God, who is the light, is going to illuminate more of who He is and more of who I am. Pray as you read God’s word this year that you will see the Lord and that He will teach you more about who you are.
The apostle John tells us in John 1:4: In him was life, and the life was the light of the men. Ronnie Stevens, in his book The Path to Discipleship, explains it this way:
The LOGOS (the Word, Jesus in flesh) appeared to show God to us.
But He also appeared to show us ourselves.
By His light we know what we are.
By His light we know what we were.
By His light we know what we shall yet be.
Thank you that you are the true light, that you are the true source of illumination. Please show me more of who you are through your Word. Show me where I do not trust you. Show me where I go my own way. Teach me Lord that you are my light and my salvation and my stronghold. May these truths not simply be words but truths that are written on my heart.