Psalm 91:16 I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.
Daylight breaks a little earlier each morning in Australia now. Hence the children burst into my room a little earlier too. Together we creep out to the lounge and watch the sunrise (soon the sun will be up too early even for us…well, you can only hope). And there in the serenity of the sunrise, with my little lights, I feel the Light of the world rise in my heart.
Psalm 27:1a The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?
I remember praying my version of the sinners prayer at eight. I prayed I would not go to hell. And that was it. My understanding of salvation was deliverance from the flames of hell.
But salvation is more than escape from eternal damnation. The Greek word, sozo, means to save, keep safe, rescue from danger, save from suffering disease, to make well, heal, restore health, deliver from the penalties of judgement, and to save from evils which obstruct deliverance.
Darkness may cover the world – the greatest darkness my generation has known – but the Light shines. He is salvation. He is the answer.
Fear is an ever present threat, lurking amid negativity and doubt. But it has not overcome us. It did not overcome Him.
Arise, shine, the glory of The Lord has risen. The glory of The Lord has come. Jesus Christ, our salvation, salvation of the whole earth. He is here.
Salvation is good news. Whom shall we fear? Death has no sting. Christ has shown us His salvation. It is well.