In Ps 27:1, David asked two questions. The first is, “Whom shall I fear?” The second is, “Of whom shall I be afraid?” When you ask yourself these two questions, it seems that there is always someone who is big enough and bad enough to scare you. When you consider David’s questions, you realize that he had concluded that there was no one big enough our bad enough to scare him. He found a way to keep from being afraid. He had conditioned himself to stand unafraid. This reminds me of stress inoculation. Except it was not repeatedly facing the stressful situations that helped him to keep from being afraid. It was something else. We’re going to see from the first part of Ps 27 how he kept from being afraid. To keep from being afraid:
You walk in the Lord’s light – Ps 27:1 – “The Lord is my light.” David walked in the Lord’s light and that’s why he wasn’t afraid of men. When you are in the light, you aren’t afraid like you are in the dark. How do we do walk in the Lord’s light? Jesus said, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world,” Jn 9:5. Well, he’s not in the world physically like he was during his earthly ministry. True. But his words certainly are. And his words are light. Ps 119:130, “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” 2 Pet 1:19, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.”
The words in your Bible are light. When you don’t read, believe, absorb and follow these words, you are walking in darkness. When you read them, believe them, and live by them, they are light. You become like those things that glow in the dark. You absorb the light of the words and then you emit the light of those words as you walk. Eph 5:8, “Ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.” And like glow in the dark objects, you have to regularly absorb light to keep emitting light. And that light will keep you from being afraid.
You trust the Lord’s salvation – Ps 27:1 – “and salvation.” David trusted the Lord’s salvation and that’s why he wasn’t afraid of men. The top piece of our armor is the helmet of salvation. When you were saved, Jesus took up residence inside of you. John wrote, “greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world,” 1 Jn 4:4. There is not a man alive or dead who is a match for the Lord. The Lord wins every time. Look at verse 2, and notice how David’s enemies stumbled and fell. Your enemies will, too.
You rely upon the Lord’s strength – Ps 27:1 – “the Lord is the strength of my life.” David relied upon the Lord’s strength and that’s why he wasn’t afraid of men. In verse 3, notice the confidence David had when facing his enemies. Whether he was facing an encamped host or a war, he was not afraid. He trusted that the Lord would save him; and he did. Look at Heb 13:5-6. We have the same confidence in the Lord.
Conclusion: if you will spend time with the Lord each day, as in verse 4, until you can walk in his light, trust his salvation, and rely upon his strength, then you will be able to proclaim, as David did, “of whom shall I be afraid?”