King David writes in Psalm 27:1, “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?” This one verse should take up our lifetimes on earth to ponder and apply, even if we are opposed by situations and other folks. David and many others opposed to him trusting God, and that is opposed to life today for many folks.

The 14 verses of this Psalm teach so much about growing in trust of God throughout life. David reveals the relationships with our Creator and Sustainer that can get us through the times of trouble that come so often.

Assurance is emphasized in this first verse of Psalm 27, indicating that salvation in Christ is essential. There must be a time in our lives where we received Jesus Christ as our personal Savior from the directions of sin and Godlessness. When the light of truth is finally welcomed and accepted, so many positive events are realized and encouraged to us through Jesus Christ. We no longer reject His salvation and strength, but rather welcome His presence and hourly influence.

We each need this light of salvation because it shows to us the things in life that need to be avoided, as well as the directions that must be pursued and sought after. When we each walk in the light of Christ, we will move ahead properly and not stumble wrongly. Enemies that are sought by old Satan to destroy us will not be hiding in the dark areas of life in order to catch us by surprise.

Christ vanquishes the darkness that is so common in our thoughts and lives. Micah writes in chapter seven: “Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me. Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me” (Micah 7:7,8).

Frances R. Havergal wrote song poetry in her young life, such as “Take My Life, and Let It Be:”

“Take my life and let it be consecrated Lord to Thee:
Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love —
Surely — at the impulse of Thy love.”

That light of Jesus Christ in our lives is a love that cannot be anything but wonderful and beneficial to anyone who receives Him as personal Savior. It brings about strength to do and say good and God-honoring truths.

When the Lord Jesus becomes our personal heart’s salvation, God then begins to deliver His child from spiritual dangers, and we begin to listen to Him for our mental, physical and family dangers. Psalm 79:9 prays for us: “Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake.” As we begin to know the truth, it grows deeper and deeper in how much we need a Christ-honoring and cleaned-up life. Salvation into Christ and out of our sinful lives should grow stronger and more powerful in our decisions. We must have prayer, Bible study and practices of the truths we are finding out, as well as a Godly church.

The Lord Jesus Christ needs to be given our desire to become our greater defense and place of refuge. Psalm 18 speaks of how the Lord is to be our rock, fortress and deliverer. He is to be more and more of our strength, horn of salvation and the high tower of our lives. When we grow more faithful in our fear and respect for Christ, then we gain in our awe and esteem for His holiness and power in our lives. The directions of this should be a right state in heart and a careful obedience in life to forego any directions into lust and sin of any kind. The child of God, in Jesus, needs to bend humbly and carefully into the reverence for Him.

We can sing in verse two with our song today:

“Take my feet, and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee;
Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only for my King.”

Anything physical or mental needs to be hourly yielded to the good things that are all from God.

The strength and respect we need help to bring about the knowledge and fear that are also necessary in our lives (Proverbs 1:7). We then will want to hate evil (Proverbs 8:13) in a stronger way. God wants to prolong our days (Proverbs 10:27), in a fountain of life (Proverbs 14:27), as we grow more into a stronger confidence (Proverbs 14:26).

This includes the final two verses of our song:

“Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages for Thee.
Take my silver and my gold
Not a mite would I withhold.”

That final verse tells where our love and hearts are to be properly yielded and wonderfully given:

“Take my love, my God, I pour —
At Thy feet its treasure store
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee —
Ever, only, all for Thee.”

In the overwhelming opposition of so much in our lives today, we have no need to fear or conflict in our salvation. Focus on the source of deliverance and not the problem. The last verse of Psalm 27 is to “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord” (verse 14).

That works it out to the right conclusion!