Psalm 27: Clothed in Light
“God is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear.” (Psalm 27:1) The Midrash (See Psalm 27.2) continues:
Rabbi Abin, the Levite said that the Holy One, Blessed is He, took the light, and covered Himself with it as though it were a garment, and illumined His universe with it. Hence it is said, “He covers Himself with light as with a garment.” (Psalm 104:2) [Midrash Tehillim 27]
Rabbi Abin understands creation as the revelation of God’s garment: What God chooses to reveal, just as our clothes express only a part of our personality and being.
King David uses this psalm to rejoice in the light he has been privileged to perceive through his study and service of God. He understands that the more he can see the light, the safer he will be. God will protect him.
King David uses what light is revealed and makes it his own by using his life to see more of God’s revealed Presence.
This month of devotion is our opportunity to absorb and use God’s light, thereby earning salvation.
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