As I step into my bedroom, darkness seems to swallow me in thick blackness. Without the normal faint glow from the night light in the hall, I feel disoriented. Hands groping along the wall, I’m careful with every step. Hesitant and unsure, with hands stretched forward, I inch my way to the bed, not wanting to stub my toe on the dresser.
Ever feel like your life is like walking in that dark room?
Darkness wears many faces.
- Physical darkness
- Emotions, thoughts, and actions can be dark as well.
- Dark situations can lead us to despair.
- Confusion is a mental darkness as we search for answers, trying to make sense of tragedy or rejection.
How do we keep faith fresh in the darkness?
Consider how David faces dark challenges in Psalm 27.
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?–Psalm 27:1
God is light and salvation in every situation. Friend, circumstances, and emotions can be a wild ride, but God never changes. What a difference light makes in the darkness.
What a difference light makes in the darkness.
Shining in the darkness of confusion, God’s light brings understanding by illuminating what we cannot see for ourselves. As God shines His light and we can see what is revealed.
Salvation: deliverance and help
Whom shall I fear?
Before David mentions his situation, he affirms that God is his light and salvation. Don’t miss this practical step. Speaking truth to ourselves is a holy habit that ignites faith. Saying it aloud is a way of shining God’s light into your darkness.
Overcome fear by looking at your situation in light of God’s presence and strength.
Trust God to lead you on His level path:
- Physical level place: Remember the relief of a level path after a strenuous uphill climb?
- Spiritual level place: righteousness, to make straight–bringing our thoughts, emotions, and decisions in line with the rightness of God’s nature.
- Emotional level place. Fear triggers many emotions, tempting us to react to feelings rather than respond with faith. Feelings can drive our actions and shape our truth if we let them.
- Mental level place–wisdom to know what to do in the challenge. It is also the quality of remaining focused and calm in our thoughts.
Light of truth overcomes despair.
As David faces his enemies, he strengthens his faith by reminding himself, affirming what is really true: God is my light and salvation.
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.–Psalm 27: 13
Note to self: It takes light to see God’s goodness.
Many times my experience has been more like this: I totally lost it. Consumed with anxiety, I am nearly giving up. I hope I’ll see the goodness of God, but I’m a wreck.
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David experienced a victory by not allowing his emotions shape his belief about the situation.
He held fast to the unchanging fact that God is good.
Even though God is good, hard days will come.
Maybe you’re stuck in the middle of a mess right this moment. Are you dangling over the edge with nothing solid beneath your feet?
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Waiting can be a hard place to be. This kind of waiting means to expect, look forward to, linger for, as well as to bind together.
“To wait for the Lord is to make the Lord the clinging place of the soul, and therefore the resting place, and therefore the growing place.”–J. H. Jowett.
15 powerful truths about God to ignite your faith.
Seeking guidance? Facing a strong enemy? Struggling in a difficult situation?
If you missed part 1 of this post, check out 5 Things You Need to Know About God’s Guidance which covered Psalm 25:1-5.
Click here to read both Psalm 25 and 27 fully. What else can you to the following lists?
Read aloud the following truths and let the Holy Spirit energize your faith. Listen to God’s heart as truth speaks life to your soul:
God is my I AM who…
- is completely trustworthy. Ps. 25:1
- keeps me from shame and disappointment. Ps. 25:1
- causes me to know His ways. Ps. 25:4
- teaches me His paths, His way of living. Ps 25:4
- leads me in truth. Ps. 25:5
- saves and delivers me. Ps. 25:5
- is worth waiting for. Ps. 25:5
- sheds light in my darkness. Ps. 27:1
- protects me; I do not need to give into fear. Ps. 27:1
- leads me on level paths. Ps. 27:11
- provides hope to overcome despair. Ps. 27:13
- is always good. Ps. 27:13
- enables me to experience His goodness. Ps. 27:1
- revives, refreshes, and renews my heart. Ps. 27:13
- strengthens me with courage and boldness. Ps. 27:14
What’s our part?
In the verses we’ve covered from Psalm 25:1-5 and 27 what was David’s action? What is our part? Declare to your soul that you will depend on God to do the following:
Relying on God, I will:
- Receive God’s teaching
- Follow truth
- Remember God is my salvation
- Be willing to wait for God
- Look for God’s light
- Resist fear
- Follow His leading
- Believe I will see His goodness
- Receive God’s strength
- Confidently expect God
For this moment, make the holy choice to receive all that God provides. Embrace the truth of who He is and what He does. Receiving invites God to go to work.
Hi Ginger, I am your neighbor at, “Coffee for Your Heart.” Thank you for your reminder to seek and see God’s light through our faith and trust-reliance in Him. He is our true freedom maker. Switch off the darkness and turn on Light of Christ for freedom.
P.S. I am a member of EUMC in Stafford. I know you attended there at one time too.
So cool! A real, live neighbor! Woohoo! I’m excited to find a new writing peep that’s close by!Love the way you stated, “Switch off the darkness and turn on the Light of Christ for freedom!”
Thanks for these great reminders! I love your graphics too. I find I’m able to savor scripture from a beautiful graphic in a slightly different way! I found you through Holly’s link up!
The graphics are fun to make, and they are a way of interacting with the meanings of the verses. So glad we crossed paths here today. I appreciate the visit.
What an encouraging read, Ginger! I’m leading the Calm My Anxious Heart study by Linda Dillow right now and one of my favorite lines so far is where she says we shouldn’t allow our circumstances to change what we think about God but rather view our circumstances through the lens of what we know to be true about God. Or something far less wordy than how I remember it! Blessings, friend!
Great book from Linda Dillow. I’m learning more and more how closely tied our emotions are to what we believe in the moment. They can be a helpful reminder for when we need to stand firm on what’s really true. Thanks for joining us today.
Hi Ginger. I’m stopping over from Coffee for Your Heart and loved this post and the wonderful printables. Looking forward to visiting again!
Welcome Tammy! So glad you stopped by. Enjoy the printable resources. Have a great weekend.
This list is great Ginger! Thank you for the encouragement and reminders!
Glad you enjoyed this, Julie! Thanks for visiting today:)
I love the 15 Powerful Truths. I plan to read them out loud, over myself, and my circumstances this week. I also love the reminder in Psalm 27:14 to “confidently expect the Lord….”
The printable will be perfect for reading these truths each day this week. I’d love to know what God shows you by the end of the week! Thanks for stopping by, Sis! Grateful for you!!