“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” Psalm 27:1
This week, we in the USA are remembering 9-11, the day terrorists hijacked airplanes and flew them into buildings in New York City and Washington, D.C., killing thousands. Most of us recall exactly where we were when we heard the terrible news. Since that day new words have come into our vocabulary, like “homeland security” and “suspicious packages” and “terror alert level.” If we didn’t already know it before then, September 11th convinced us that the world—and even our own country—is a dangerous place.
However, no matter what danger we face, we who trust in the Lord can live without fear. The Lord is there for us! Look at the Psalm verse above. David asks “Whom shall I fear?” And the answer is “No one!” With the Lord on his side, David could live in confidence, even when danger was swirling around him. With the Lord on our side, we can live with confidence too. The Lord is our light! He shines in the darkness for us. The Lord is our salvation! He rescues us from every evil. Jesus Christ our precious Savior suffered and died on the cross to deliver us from sin, death, and the power of the devil. Jesus rose from the dead, triumphant over every enemy forever. The Holy Spirit fills our hearts with faith, hope, and peace.
Every day brings challenges and trials to the people of God. Yet through it all—every hour, every moment—here is the Lord, by your side, helping and defending you, comforting you through His Word, assuring you of His love. No fear shall trouble you, dear child of God; the Lord is on your side this day and always.
Lord Jesus, for my salvation you suffered death on the cross and rose victorious over all my foes. Thank You that when I am afraid, I can trust in You. Amen.