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    Psalm Twenty-Seven: Yahweh is My Light and My Salvation

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    Psalm Twenty-Seven: Yahweh is My Light and My Salvation

    When David said that Yahweh was his light and his salvation, he was including in those precious epithets all spiritual blessings that could ever be devised or given to mankind. Whom, indeed, should he fear? Yahweh is his light: how could he ever finally be deceived or led astray, and thus prevented from entering that blessed abode, toward which his heart ever yearned, even the very house of the Lord, where he might gaze upon the beauty of the Lord (vss. 4-5)? Here is every good thing imaginable! What pleasure or delight or good might we possibly experience that does not have its illimitable source in the author of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17)? This Lord is David's light, and he will teach him his ways and lead him in straight paths (vs. 11); and so after his heart has said, “Your face, O Yahweh, will I seek” (vs. 8), he can never thence be led astray and fail to find that divine countenance which he is seeking.

    But even if he could not be deceived, he could, perchance, be overpowered, and thus kept by force from his heavenly destination? No, for the Lord is also his salvation. Let all his enemies assail him, to eat up his flesh (vs. 2)! The Lord will hide him in his shelter on that day of trouble, and so he will be saved, secure upon the Rock which the builders rejected (vs. 5). False witnesses might breathe out violence, but since this Lord is his salvation, yet will his faith remain firm, that he will certainly look upon the Lord in the land of the living (vss. 12-13).

    How firm was the faith of David, seeing that it rested on so strong a twofold foundation! But think again, Christian, of how it was when Jesus, Yahweh incarnate, came down to earth, and see if you do not have a firmer foundation yet for confident hope. “In him was light,” we hear of him from the beginning; “and the light was the life of men” (John 1:4). Yahweh, who tabernacled among us (John 1:14), is thus our Light (see John 8:12)! “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29), comes the next testimony to this God-Man. Ah, so this Lord is also our salvation, he is none other than Jesus, the one who saves us from our sin (Mat. 1:21)! Jesus is our Light and our Salvation; so what enemy can we henceforth fear?

    Only look again, but one more time, at this psalm, dear Christian: if David's faith remained firm in spite of so many foes, was he not therefore a type of his coming Seed? How many were they who rose up against the Son of David, how many false witnesses assailed him? And in agonies and trials vast beyond measure, how unwaveringly did he hope in God his Father, and wait for his sure salvation? And God raised him from the dead, and brought him evermore to the land of the living (vss. 13-14)! Now indeed is his head lifted up above all his enemies, who will henceforth be brought under his footstool (1 Cor. 15:25). Now does he sing for joy in the temple of the Lord (vs. 6). And so, dear Christian, we have an assurance twofold more firm than David's double assurance: for we have the same twofold promise, that Yahweh is our Light and our Salvation, given irrevocably to us in Christ; and we also have a champion who went through every dark trial and faced every fierce enemy in our behalf; and he was raised up to the land of the living, to pave the way for us so that we, too, might dwell in the temple of God and gaze upon his beauty. We have both the double promise and the actual accomplishment of that for which the double promise hoped, all freely given to us in Christ, our Light, our Salvation, and our victorious Head.

    So what, then, shall I say to you, dear saint, but this: “Wait upon Yahweh! Be strong and let your heart be firm, and wait upon Yahweh” (vs. 14).

    Posted by Nathan on November 8, 2010 12:11 PM

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