The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27:1 KJV
I underlined this life-changing verse In the first Bible I ever owned Its leather binding the color of blood With which Jesus for sin atoned
It should have given me courage But soon fear would be my close friend Plaguing my every thought and deed Threatening a despairing end
Yet buried deep within my heart That verse awaited its time To resurface and grant me bravery Strength for the tortuous climb
God’s Light shone in my darkness Revealing the lies I’d believed Reminding me of who He is And the salvation He achieved
Now I hold in my mind and soul Maintaining as my stronghold This life-changing verse from the Psalms That makes my confidence bold
He won’t leave nor be defeated So that none need I ever fear No matter what trouble comes to me Jesus remains forever near
Hide this verse within your heart If fear seeks to keep you low Remember God is your stronghold And His peace you will forever know
Linda L. Kruschke is the author of My Name Is Beloved, winner of the Unpublished Memoir category of the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Writing Contest, as well as a self-published author of two poetry books. She is a wife, mother, active member of her church, former Bible Study Fellowship leader, and recovering lawyer. She works as the Director of Legal Publications for the Oregon State Bar. But her real passion is sharing God’s healing grace with others, especially those haunted by sexual trauma and abortion. She struggled with major clinical depression for many years, but through the power of forgiveness has become a fearless follower of Christ, living in the assurance of her salvation and God’s love. She blogs at Another Fearless Year and Broken Believers.