Light and Salvation – Psalm 27

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Ps:27:1

The Bible opens in the book of Genesis with the creation of a formless dark world into which God speaks, “Let there be light.” The very first thing created by God, after the heaven and earth, is light. Light is an important theme in Scripture, always associated with blessing and joy, and contrasted to the darkness of evil and God’s judgment. Light is inseparable from salvation from the darkness of judgment. Read the following verses in order to gain an appreciation of the many aspects of light in the Scripture. Isaiah 9:2, Micah 7:8-9, Matt 4:16, 5:14-16, Mark 4:22, John 1:1-5,9, 8:12, Acts 13:47, 1 Timothy 6:16, 1 John 1:5, Rev 21:23-24

Individuals often identify themselves as “seekers,” because they are seeking after some sort of “light.” They have a sense of darkness in their lives, so they go on a quest for light, looking for it in nature, or philosophy, or institution, or creed or religion. Many get caught up in a “new age” philosophy where they believe they discover light. But have they really? “Salvation,” on the other hand, presents quite another story. There are no “seekers” of salvation, in that there are none who recognize their lost and hopeless condition and desperate need to be saved. People generally deny the reality of judgment and hell in the afterlife; and even when they accept it, they usually think they have lived a good enough life to evade hell. God’s indictment of mankind in Romans 3:11 is that there are, “none who seek after God.” The Bible teaches that all men are dead in trespasses and sin; we are lost creatures who God sought out to save. This is the theme of the whole Bible. But what about these supposed “seekers” of light? Can anyone find light apart from salvation?

In Isaiah 50:10, the Lord says, “Who is among you that fears the LORD, that obeys the voice of His servant, that walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God.”

Light and Salvation are inseparable because in their essence, they both belong to a single Person. In Psalm 27:1, David understands this fact, as he boldly declares, “the LORD is my light and my salvation!” David found his light and his salvation in a Person, who is none other than God Himself. Those who do not know God through the Person of Christ are unsaved and dwell in darkness. While they may gain a sense of their personal despair, they do not even know they are in darkness. Jesus said in John 12:35, “The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going.” We see from this that the one in darkness is going somewhere, but he does not know where. Men grope around in darkness trying to grasp for something they presume will bring them light, but because they have not experienced the true light they have no idea what it is they are looking for.

But those who have come to the Light of the world, Jesus Christ, no longer walk in darkness, and as a result all of the fears associated with groping in darkness are assuaged. Stop groping in darkness and truly embrace the One True Light – not a philosophy, not a religion, not a creed, not an institution, but Jesus Christ Himself, who said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

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