The Soul Set Free

BibleIn his reflection of Psalm 32 Charles Spurgeon wrote, “What a killing thing sin is!  It is a pestilent disease! A first in the bones! While we smother our sin it rages within, and like a gathering wound swells horribly and torments terribly.”  So much of our lives are consumed and made all the more unbearable simply because we refuse to deal with sin.  David says in Ps 32:3, “For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.  For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.”  So many believers are weighed down by the needless weight and burden of unconfessed sin, simply because they refuse to come to Jesus in humility, brokenness and repentance.  Listen to David’s testimony when he says, “I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.”  What a glorious truth!  When we confess our sin, the Lord is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse from all of our unrighteousness.  We to can sing with King David, “Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.”

Our Light, Our Salvation, and Our Stronghold

KWK Promes Website
Photo Credit: Aleksander Rutlowski

Located in Warsaw, Poland this home, designed by KWK Promes, is called the “safe house.”  This 6,100 sq. ft home features moveable concrete walls that can be opened and closed  electronically. The entire house is surrounded by a safety zone formed by concrete walls and at the owner can transform the house into a giant concrete cube with the touch of a button.

This house shows the lengths that human beings will go to find security.  We all have the need for security and desperately try to find a safe-place in this world.  Sometimes we try to find security in a job, or in another person, or by building another earthly fortress.  The truth of the matter, however, is that the only true place of safety and security is in our relationship with God.

KWK Promes Website
Photo Credit: Aleksander Rutlowski

In Psalm 27:1 David says, “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?”  This verse expresses David’s confidence in God and gives contains three descriptions of God that I find very encouraging in times of trial and difficulty.

1.) The Lord is our light.

Darkness is powerless against light.  Even the faintest of lights will dispel darkness.  In this Psalm the darkness represents the enemies that are surrounding David on every side.  In our lives, we could see the metaphor of darkness in any number of ways— depression, trouble, persecution, evil.  No matter what the darkness is that surrounds our lives we can be confident that Jesus is our light.  At various points in my life I have found comfort in Psalms  23:4 which says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me…”  No matter what we are going through, we can always look to God, who will dispel the darkness and guide us towards Himself.

2.) God is our Salvation 

In referring to God as his salvation, David was praising God in advance for deliverance.  When he wrote this Psalm he was surrounded by enemies on every hand, but he knew that God was going to come through and deliver him, therefore, he praised God for being his salvation.  When Moses was getting ready to cross the Red Sea, he told the people, “ Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today.  For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.” (Exodus 14:13)  Like David, Moses praised God for salvation before it even happened.  This is an example that we all should follow.

As believers we should praise God for what He has done in our past but we also should be looking forward to what He is going to do in the future.  Think about your salvation for a minute.  Obviously, you should praise God for sending Jesus to pay for the penalty for our sins through His death on the cross, but we shouldn’t stop there because the BIble does not stops.  1 John 3:2 says, “Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.” Our salvation began when Jesus died on the cross to pay for the penalty of our sin, it became active in our lives the moment we repented of our sin and trusted Jesus Christ as our savior, but it will not be complete until the day that Jesus returns and we are transformed into His likeness  The Good News is that all of this as been secured and guaranteed on our behalf by God Himself.  Stop right now and take a moment to praise God for your salvation.

3.) God is our Stronghold

The fact that Jesus has secured our future does not take away the fact that we are going to face trials here on earth.  As believers, we have an enemy who wants to destroy our lives.  Make no mistake about it, Satan will do everything he can to stand in your way, take away your joy and even kill you if he gets the chance.  But the God has given us a promise.  He is our stronghold!  He is our fortress and we can run to Him for protection and rest.  The Psalmist picks up this same idea in 37:9 where he says, “The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; he is their stronghold n the time of trouble.”

I don’t know what you are going through right now but I can promise you this— God is your light, your salvation, and your stronghold.  He surrounds our lives and protects us from the attack of the enemy.  Let’s run to Him!