The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?
From my youth I have always found great comfort and reassurance in the book of Psalms, specifically Psalm 27 which is one of my favourites. It was a favourite of my grandmother, who sowed the early seeds of faith by quoting it with other scriptures and singing gospel hymns to me as a lad. She was a Godly example for many of us all to follow. It is no surprise then that Psalm 27 became one of my favourites, but only some years later after I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour did it have more meaning to me.
It was in 1984 at an Easter service in Livingston Salvation Army that I surrendered my life 100% to Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. Soon after this I joined the Salvation Army. My first Sunday service in uniform was an exciting day, but Satan intended to try and ruin it. On my way to the bus stop I was accosted by a well known village bully older and bigger than myself, I was fearful of what might happen (the same guy had threatened me with a knife in the past which earned him time behind bars). Somehow I stayed calm under the circumstances, praying silently for God to help me. Suddenly a tall stranger crossed the otherwise quiet street and came to my rescue. He was a friend of my father who knew me and also had respect for the Salvation Army. He restrained the bully and sent me on my way for my bus, with a parting “tell yer dad I said hi!” I made it to the service on time, thanks to the intervention of Almighty God in my moment of need. He is a prayer answering God!
Dear reader, in such moments of fear we can be reassured by the psalmist – “The Lord is the defense of my life;Whom shall I dread?” Father God cares for His children deeply (of which you are one), providing all their needs at the perfect time. Be encouraged, He is only a prayer away at any moment.
Let us Pray: Dear Father God, in times of strife and stress I find it hard not to worry. Help me to take a breath, and remember that you care and provide for me in all circumstances. Imprint your scripture in my memory to encourage me in such difficult times. Thank you Father, Amen.
Note: Look out for a new guest post on Sunday 18th July on Psalm 27 by sister Mandy, I am looking forward to it myself.