His Light, Not Mine


Psalm 27:1-4

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
so why should I be afraid?

One thing I learned from my years of depression is that I’m not a source of light. I might have a little dim light in me, but mostly, I’m full of darkness. The Lord is my light.

I’m afraid of the dark. Are you? With God as my light, I don’t need to be afraid.

  • He shines his light deep inside me, revealing and chasing away the scary memories and demons. That is, if I’m willing to face them.
  • He shines his light on my path, so I don’t need to fear walking into a wall or falling off a cliff.
  • He makes me shine to those around me.

The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble?
Though a mighty army surrounds me,
my heart will not be afraid.
Even if I am attacked,
I will remain confident.

I’m not strong enough, skillful enough, or wise enough to fight against those who attack me. To run and hide in God isn’t denial, it’s admitting that I’m overpowered.

When overpowered by a situation, don’t try to fight. You’ll waste a lot of energy and time and lose anyway, leaving you bruised. Instead, run to God, hide peacefully in his presence, and wait for guidance from him.