“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1. The Book of Common Prayer, p.617).
At the break of dawn the light from the sun graces the sky. As evening gives way to night, the sun goes down, but the moon brightens a place in the sky. On a clear night when the moon is full, its light gives the night sky a glow that only the moon can. Whether day or night, there is light shining through the darkness to bring hope where there is despair.
All of us have those moments when what is happening feels like the sun on a beautiful clear day. When things happen that change us from within, it can be like clouds covering our view of the sun, or blocking the light from the moon.
The Psalmist begins Psalm 27 by proclaiming that the Lord is the true light and strength of our lives. Therefore, we have no need to be afraid. I don’t know about you, but I have had those moments in my own life when things have happened, and I read this psalm about “not being afraid” and I think to myself: “Oh yeah, right!”
As we invite the Holy Spirit into the circumstances of our lives, we find ourselves full of fears. There are many scary things around us. The whole of Psalm 27 seems to be full of faith and hope in some places, acknowledging the enemies that are about us in other verses, and acknowledges that all we can really do is trust in the Lord.
The Holy One wants us to turn ourselves over and find God who is our light and salvation reminding us that we are God’s Beloved, with Whom God is well-pleased. Whatever we are facing. Whatever direction a situation is going. There is no place or situation where God is not there with God’s light and salvation leading us in the way of of the life of Jesus Christ.
“And finally, never lose hope in God’s mercy.” (RB 1980: The Rule of Saint Benedict in Latin and English, Chapter 4: On the Tools of Good Works, p.185).
How and where is God the light and salvation in your life?
Brother Anselm Philip King-Lowe, OSB