Know the Shepherd: Chasing Light

Psalm 27:1 “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.”

David begins his song with a shout, ‘The LORD is my light’.

Nestled within this statement lies a question, of whom should I be afraid? There’s an obvious answer, there’s a deeper truth, it’s more than single word syllables and vowels, there’s so much more.

There’s a dictionary definition of light that I gravitate to, it’s a natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible.

As I sketch this out I make a discovery, as God becomes my primary filter I see things differently, I discover new colours, all of a sudden my prism expands and my thoughts stretch and enlarge, I reach for new ideas inspired by light.

The natural gives way to super-natural as I walk in the light, the eyes of my understanding will be enlightened (Ephesians 1:18), things that were invisible are now revealed, because He is my light and I walk in the light — I’m seeing things differently!

If He is my light I will see the invisible, believe the unbelievable and do the impossible.”

Darkness distorts truth, light reveals it.

I learn a significant thing, running into the light chases the darkness away. I’m chasing light!

Is it any wonder that Isaiah calls to the people of Israel, “Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord.” (Isaiah 2:5)

And so, I’m inspired to consider David, this boy king shepherding his father’s flock, under a Jerusalem sky as he sang songs to the stars. The time and place where he discovered God, where he learnt to shepherd. In his father’s field, fighting the bear and slaying his lions, in the dark.

What David learnt in his father’s field he took to the field of battle, Goliath didn’t stand a chance.

David ran to the light and chased the darkness way – he feared nothing. Catch his heart in verses 4;

“One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.”

Psalms 27:1 The Message “Light, space, zest – that’s God! So, with him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing.”

When we chase light, we ask: what is fear?