It cannot be denied that we all face death, and in I Cor-inthians 15:26 Paul calls death the last enemy to be de-stroyed. That makes us wonder how David could say in Psalm 27:1 that he has nothing to fear and that he is afraid of nothing and no one. For although we understand that his reason for this is that God is his light and his salvation, the question arises for us as to how we can be sure that God is our light and salvation.
We cannot find that out by looking into a mirror. Looking at our family tree and tracing our genealogical background will not give us the assurance that our names are in the Lamb’s book of life, and that therefore we can be sure that God is our light and our salvation. But we can be sure, if we can find in our souls, and with David sin¬cerely say what he wrote in Psalm 27:4, namely, “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.”
The reason why this confession reveals that we have nothing to fear is the fact that this makes it plain that God is our light and our salvation and has already begun to lift us out of the clutches of Satan, our worst enemy. He has already caused us to desire the full salvation from sin and death and made us want to taste and enjoy the beauty of His love, mercy, and grace.
Adam turned away from God and died spiritually; and we did with him. The desire to dwell in God’s house means that we want to be brought back to Him and to serve Him in love again. This reveals that God has already begun to give us the victory over Satan, our worst enemy, and that He will most assuredly give us the full victory in the day of Christ. Victory over spiritual death is sure! And enjoying the full salvation prepared in Christ is undeniably ahead of US.
Sing it then with David:
My one request has been,
And still this prayer I raise,
That I may dwell within
God’s house through all my days,
Jehovah’s beauty to admire,
And in His temple to enquire.
Read: Psalm 91
Psalter versification: 71:3
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.