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“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1, ESV)

            Psalm 27 is a joyful celebration of confidence in God’s protection and love, and a profession of the spiritual heart’s desire for His presence.  It begins similarly to Psalm 23, though Psalm 27 stresses the protection of God, rather than His provision; accordingly, it uses a military image—the fortress—rather than the pastoral picture of the earlier psalm.  But both share a delight in the peace of belonging to God.  In Psalm 27:1 a particularly powerful declaration of security in God is expressed by the parallel expressions, which declare God’s power to shield His own, followed by the rhetorical question, who, then, should we fear?  No one.

            God is the Savior of His people.  If you take refuge in Him, you have nothing to fear.  He is the light that guides His children through the darkness, their salvation against all danger.  He is the unassailable fortress that protects His people from all enemies.  Who can harm those who have God for their protector?  No one.  No one at all.  Shelter in the Lord amid the storms of life, and take comfort in God’s salvation.