Journey Sharing – Psalm 27:1-3

Journey Sharing Scripture  

Psalm 27:1-3  The Lord is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?  When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall.  Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid.  Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident.

The Lord does not give me light, salvation and a fortress.  HE GIVES ME HIMSELF ….Through my relationship with Him, He becomes/He IS my Light, Salvation and Fortress.    

Spiritual Light = penetrates darkness; brings the warmth; guides; reveals insight

Spiritual Salvation = continued deliverance from self; supernatural provision; protection from the enemy

Spiritual Fortress/Stronghold  = the strength that’s made perfect in my weakness; security like solid Rock; stability through the ever-changing seasons of life; especially ministry life

In realizing the Lord is all this to us, why should we ever be afraid? There is no reason for us to stress or despair. We have all we need to stand confident, come what may ….because of who He is to us.

** These verses are not a bash or guilt trip for our struggles with fear or stress or depression— they’re a wake-up call to change our focus when those hardships hit.

Instead of grasping for relief, or screaming in frustration or crying in self-pity, what we need to do is reach for more Jesus…. 

As I’m living in relationship—reading; meditating; praying, worshipping:

  • Suddenly the Light comes on and that Light is my Lord;
  • Salvation-deliverance is provided and that deliverance is Jesus;
  • Strength is infused and that Rock is Christ. 

Genesis 17:1 I am God Almighty (El Shaddai), walk before Me and be perfect”  –I AM the All-Sufficient One, I have everything you need for life and godliness. If you walk before Me– in fellowship/relationship with Me, you will have ALL you need, come what may!

Relationship is where a weakling like me can become bravely confident in the promises of Scripture.  Relationship is where seasons of gut-level prayer bring peace so strong it wraps around me like a shield.  Relationship is where private meditation and worship infuse me with the strength to endure and overcome and abound!  *He doesn’t “do” relationship for me. He doesn’t pray, meditate and worship for me, but He does everything else.

Relationship is where my Lord becomes my Light, my Salvation and My Fortress.  Hallelujah!!

Sadly Our instinct is to skip relationship and get to the good stuff. The 3 steps, the formula; the plan.

 But the God-powered plan will only be revealed in relationship!  *All of life is a resounding call to relationship: Better Deeper Stronger—never stop pressing higher up and deeper in to our Lord!!

Let’s not allow all these truths to overwhelm us because we all have to learn them our own way, for ourselves.  And that kind of learning takes time.  It is a journey; we’re all in process; we’re walking the path

Stop for initial Discussion/ Response

Digging Deeper:

  • What’s the difference between me asking the Lord for light, salvation and protection vs me relationally connecting with Him in such a way that He becomes my Light, my Salvation and Fortress?   …..How do those concepts differ and play out in our lives?  (formulas vs communing)
  • Who/what are our biggest enemies and what sort of attacks do they wage? (satan, carnal people, worries, temptation, insecurities, disillusionment) (subtle- back door; never as a horned monster)
  • What keeps us from remaining confident in the Lord; what causes our confidence/faith to waver?  (seeming impossibilities; past defeats or no’s;  unworthiness)

Further Discussion if time permits:

  • How has the Lord been Light to you lately? If not How do you need Him to be your Light right now?
  • How has He been Protection for you lately? If not Are you in need Him to be your Protection right now?
  • Have you experienced Him to be your Confidence in times of attack? If not Are you going through a spiritual attack; how do you need to remain confident in Him right now?