“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?”Psalm 27:1
Before his conversion, Martin Luther lived in great fear of God. He thought that God loved only those who lived perfect lives, and he confessed this frightened him. He feared the devil because the devil rightly accused him of sin. He feared sin because he knew sin brings death. He feared evil would come upon him because he displeased God. But Luther finally learned that he didn’t need to fear the devil, sin, death, or evil. He finally learned the secret to sure and sound comfort: faith in Christ alone.
Psalm 27 is a psalm of confidence in the Lord. If the Lord is for us, we need not fear anything at all. Verse 9 pleads for the Lord never to hide His face from His servant. We can pray and ask for that very same thing with assurance. Christ dealt with our sins once and for all at the cross where He cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me” (Matthew 27:46)?
Because Jesus was forsaken by God on the cross and rose again to set us free from condemnation, we will never be forsaken. Of that you can be sure.
“By faith in Christ a person may gain such sure and sound comfort, that he need not fear.” (Martin Luther, 1535)