Summary: The blessings and the promises of GOD as contained in Psalm 27.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?” (Verse 1)
The first line of the first verse opens up with a personal confession. That ‘GOD is my light’ means that I can never be in darkness – He is always there for me, illuminating me, showing me the way, giving me divine directions, ordering my steps aright. No matter how small the light is, once it is present in a dark place, it makes a difference. Therefore, with GOD being my light, He makes a difference in my life! The second assurance – that the Lord is also my salvation – means that I am saved, I am assured of going to heaven, I am sure of being a winner, coming out on top in any situation or circumstance. I am assured that I belong to JESUS; He will claim me as His own. I know where my home is. I have certainty. I have a future that is assured, that is blessed, that is bright and glorious. PRAISE GOD!
“Whom shall I fear” – is it any principality or power, or rulers of the darkness of this world, spiritual wickedness in high places, household wickedness, witches, wizards, flying, crawling creeping creatures? NO! I fear none of them. The Lord is my light and my salvation!
“The Lord is the strength of my life” Wow! It means that I am anchored to the Rock of Ages, the powerful Father, Almighty God, the One that gives me life and power. I am plugged to the greatest power in the entire world. The King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the One that says it and does it, the One that has not failed before - never! With this reassurance, the Psalmist was right in saying, “of whom shall I be afraid.” God is the greatest power in heaven and on earth. Therefore, if I am connected to him, He supplies my strength, He gives strength to my life and I cannot be afraid of anything. God is greater than anything. Everything was created at His word. He ordered it and it was created. Therefore, I cannot be afraid because the one that created all these things is my power and my strength. PRAISE THE LORD!
“When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.” (Verse 2)
Because we are connected and draw our strength from GOD Almighty, any power or principality, any foe or enemy that wants to oppress or harass us will fail. Since I do not rely on my own strength but on the strength of GOD Almighty, He will bring his strength to bear against all those wicked enemies or foes that want to eat me up as meat. Note these are not just enemies or foes but are full of wickedness. They are vile, have no mercy and their intention is steal, kill and destroy. [John 10 v. 10] Notice however that even when they make the attempt to destroy because they cannot withstand the power of GOD Almighty who is my strength, they all stumble and fall. [Praise GOD!] And because GOD has given me the power to thread on serpents and scorpions and all the power of the enemy, I thread on their heads! Halleluiah!
“Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear, though war should rise up against me, in this will I be confident” (Verse 3)
The word “host” means there is a troop of soldiers or a military force. It implies that there are a lot of enemies. Other groupings that we can use a host to describe include “ a host of angels, a host of soldiers. Therefore, when one is surrounded by a host of something, it conjures up the image that the host of whatever e.g. enemies, angels is more than the person surrounded. The Psalmist in fact did not use the word ‘surround”. He used the word “ encamped”. To encamp means to settle round about someone or something or a place. It means that they have set up their camps round about the person and are waiting for an opportunity to attack him. The word “encamp” is a military term and so an attack is imminent or inevitable. The purpose of encamping around someone is to surround him round about so that he cannot escape and then attack him. Yet the Psalmist says that even if a host (multitude) should encamp around him, his heart will not fear. So when a host encamps around us, we should not be afraid. Our light and salvation is there to give us courage. We shall not be afraid of anyone or anything that have surrounded us, waiting to attack us because we have a Father that is more than able to deliver us (See II Kings 6v.14-17) Where the King of Syria sent his soldiers to capture Elisha the Prophet.