David, the sweet psalmist of Israel penned the following words in Psalm 27: 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? I this passage, two questions were asked of which two words were used. These are “fear” and “afraid.” When the definitions of these words are examined we find the following: Fear is defined as “anticipation of misfortune or pain.” Afraid is defined as “filled with fear or apprehension.” Therefore the second question is more severe than the first. The question “whom shall I fear” can be paraphrased “who do I expect to cause me pain?” The question “of whom shall I be afraid” can be paraphrased “who am I in total fear of?” When dealing with the fear portion of the verse we must focus on the Lord being our light and our salvation. He being my light means that he will be my guide. As my salvation, he will be my deliverer. When dealing with the “being afraid” portion we must remember that he is the strength of our lives. As the strength of our lives he will always be with us to cause us to stand boldly in the face our enemy. There will be times in our lives we will anticipate things to go wrong or be in total fear of someone or something. I invite you to remember that the Lord is your light, your salvation, and the strength of your life during these times. He will give you direction, be your deliverer, and cause you to be strong. We must also remember that he is a “very present help in trouble” (Psalm46:1).