Psalm 27:1 - The Triple Shield Of Defense Against All Threats.

Psalm 27:1 - The Triple Shield Of Defense Against All Threats; 
Light, Salvation And Stronghold. 

Psalm 27:1 (KJV) 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 

Psalm 27:1 (TNIV) 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? 


Light is a figure often used in Scripture to refer to God (27:1; 
cf. John 8:12; 9:5; 1 John 1:5), since it dispels darkness and 
brightens life. [New Bible Companion] 


This psalm was written by David when he was "a hunted fugitive, 
finding refuge in the rocks and caves of the wilderness" (Ed 164). It 
reveals the psalmist's spirit of absolute confidence in God amid the 
perils of flight. It has been called The Tonic Psalm. In no other psalm 
is David's yearning after the service of the sanctuary as intensely 
expressed as here. Some suggest 1 Sam. 22:22 as a background to the psalm. 
The psalm has three divisions: vs. 1-6 express the poet's assured 
confidence in God, despite the threatenings of the enemy; vs. 7-12 cry out 
plaintively for help; and vs. 13, 14, as a conclusion, find sure relief in 
hopeful trust in God. In the modern Jewish ritual, Ps. 27 is recited 
daily throughout the sixth month in preparation for the New Year and 
the Day of Atonement. [SDA Bible Commentary] 

This is a psalm of great faith and confidence in the Lord in 
spite of threatening circumstances from human opposition. [Believer's 

Psalms 27:1-3 This confident confession in God's saving love is 
similar to Paul's confession in Romans 8:31-39. [Expositors Bible 


Calvin named David's triple shield of defense against all 
threats, "Light, Salvation, Stronghold." [SDA Bible Commentary] 

Unconditional Trust. The Lord is my light and my salvation. 
These exultant words introduce a scene of serenity. Nowhere else in 
the OT is the Lord referred to as my light. Because the psalmist has 
found God as light, salvation, and strength, there is no cause for 
fear or terror. His serenity is not conditioned by outward 
circumstances but is unconditional. (Wycliffe Commentary) 

God is a light to his people, to show them the way when they are 
in doubt, to comfort and rejoice their hearts when they are in 
sorrow. It is in his light that they now walk on in their way, and in 
his light they hope to see light for ever. (Matthew Henry's 

Fear causes as much distress as actual pain. Even the sufferer 
need not fear if hope is placed fully in God. Confidence in God's 
presence is the basic weapon against fear. [Disciple SB] 

Fear is a dark shadow that envelops us and ultimately imprisons 
us within ourselves. Each of us has been a prisoner of fear at one 
time or another--fear of rejection, misunderstanding, uncertainty, 
sickness, or even death. But we can conquer fear by using the bright 
liberating light of the Lord who brings salvation. [Life Application SB] 

  Fear is usually present in the lives of adult children. We are 
afraid of rejection, abandonment, abuse and deprivation; we might even 
develop an array of phobias: We may have a fear of failure based on 
having been told repeatedly that we will never amount to anything. This 
fear stopped many of us from believing that the future held any 
  Others avoid success because they feel a need to live up to 
unrealistic expectations. We may resist accepting responsibilities that we 
believe are beyond our ability. 
  Our concerns can be faced and subdued as we experience God's 
perfect love for us. In Christ, there is no fear of rejection, 
abandonment, failure, or the future. As the child within us is nurtured by 
the Holy Spirit's loving and gentle touch, our misgivings can be 
dispelled. We are children of God, so we do not need to be afraid. He is 
always with us, guiding and protecting us. Rather than fear God, we can 
respect and rely on his presence in our lives. 
  Our reverence for God can gradually overshadow our fears from 
the past and give us hope for the future. Then we can say with 
David, "The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be 
afraid?" (Psalm 27:1). Ron Ross [Life Recovery Devotional SB] 

  Fear is a powerful thing. It can push its way into so many 
areas of our lives. We all know someone who fears death or illness, 
pain and suffering, defeat, accidents, or failure. In fact, you may 
have some of those--and perhaps many others-- on your own list of 
things you fear. Fear can undermine our faith, paralyze our progress, 
and blur the vision we have received from God. Fear is capable of 
robbing us of joy and peace. 
  David claimed that his heart would "know no fear." And the 
reason for this confidence was that the Lord was his light, his 
salvation, and his protector. This psalm is a reminder to all of us. Why 
should we be afraid? Why should we tremble? We can have the same 
confidence and assurance that David did if the Lord is our light and our 
salvation. It is he who protects us from danger. 
  FATHER, help me to see the truth in your Word. You are my 
light and my salvation. You are my protector from danger and from 
evil. Help me, Father, to draw close to you and to rest in the 
confidence I have in you. Help me to defeat fear in my life as I trust in 
you. [Praying Through The Bible By Fuller] 

That which terrifies you, controls you. But it needn't be that 
way!.. David knew what it was to be afraid of the dark ..... afraid of 
the future ..... afraid of the enemies encamped all around him. But he 
learned the secret of overcoming those fears. Do you know what it is? 
Not denying he had them, but relying on Someone bigger than they 
were! Take a look at Psalm 27:1, and there you'll discover what David 
found: the Lord is the cure for what intimidates you! He has light to 
dispel your darkness and strength to replace your weakness. And you, 
like David, have the privilege of drawing upon those resources today. 
David took God at his word (27:5); will you? [Daily Walk Bible] 

Faith is not an emotion; not something we create from within 
ourselves. What makes faith real and vital is not "how much" of it we have. 
What makes faith real and vital is its object. Even a little faith, 
reposed in God, can transform. Not because we "have" it, but because of 
who our faith is in...  When our trust and hope are fixed in Him, no 
matter how small our faith seems to be, God can and will come into our 
lives with a flood of strength and of joy. [The 365-Day Devotional 

"The Lord is my light and my salvation." Here is personal 
interest, "my light," "my salvation;" the soul is assured of it, and 
therefore declares it boldly. Into the soul at the new birth divine light 
is poured as the precursor of salvation; where there is not enough 
light to reveal our own darkness and to make us long for the Lord 
Jesus, there is no evidence of salvation. After conversion our God is 
our joy, comfort, guide, teacher, and in every sense our light: he 
is light within, light around, light reflected from us, and light 
to be revealed to us. Note, it is not said merely that the Lord 
gives light, but that he is light; nor that he gives salvation, but 
that he is salvation; he, then, who by faith has laid hold upon God, 
has all covenant blessings in his possession. This being made sure 
as a fact, the argument drawn from it is put in the form of a 
question, "Whom shall I fear?" A question which is its own answer. The 
powers of darkness are not to be feared, for the Lord, our light, 
destroys them; and the damnation of hell is not to be dreaded by us, for 
the Lord is our salvation. This is a very different challenge from 
that of boastful Goliath, for it rests, not upon the conceited vigour 
of an arm of flesh, but upon the real power of the omnipotent I AM. 
"The Lord is the strength of my life." Here is a third glowing 
epithet, to show that the writer's hope was fastened with a threefold 
cord which could not be broken. We may well accumulate terms of 
praise where the Lord lavishes deeds of grace. Our life derives all its 
strength from God; and if he deigns to make us strong, we cannot be 
weakened by all the machinations of the adversary. "Of whom shall I be 
afraid?" The bold question looks into the future as well as the present. 
"If God be for us," who can be against us, either now or in time to 
come? [Morning And Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon] 

We need strength for the battle and strength for the journey, 
and God abundantly provides. Be sure to take time to wait on the 
Lord (Isa. 40:31). If you run ahead of Him or lag behind, you will be 
a perfect target for the enemy. [Chapter by Chapter Bible 
Commentary by Warren Wiersbe]