A little something to savor with your coffee today:
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27:1 ESV
Most of us know this encouraging verse in a translation worded similar to the one above. But today I challenge you to take a look with fresh eyes and heart at how the Contemporary English, New Living, and Voice Translations word a beautifully familiar Truth.
You, Lord, are the light
that keeps me safe.
I am not afraid of anyone.
You protect me,
and I have no fears.
Psalm 27:1 CEV
The Lord is my light and my salvation—
so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble?
Psalm 27:1 NLT
In the Voive translation, this verse is followed by a devotional thought in The Voice Bible. (Copied straight from BibkeGateway.com.)
The Eternal is my light amidst my darkness
and my rescue in times of trouble.
So whom shall I fear?
He surrounds me with a fortress of protection.
So nothing should cause me alarm.
Psalm 27:1 (Voice)
“The psalms provide us with a way to think about and pray through the various threats we face. Our enemies today may not be the same as in biblical times, but they are no less real. Consider the threats on the horizon. Some may be national. Others may be more personal. Still they come to surround us and destroy us if they could only get the chance. The reality is there are times when our enemies appear to have the upper hand and our cause is lost. But wait and listen to the psalm! All is not lost because, ultimately, God is our light and salvation. The darkness will lift, and our Savior will come. He will settle all scores, and we will live in the beauty of His presence.”
(From The Voice Bible)
On this Lord’s Day, will you join me in celebrating Jesus as our Light and Salvation, and praise Him today with grateful hearts?
With much love,