O LORD, you are my lamp. The LORD lights up my darkness.
2 Samuel 22:29 NLT
The smallest light can illuminate the blackest darkness. It’s amazing and the opposite is not true. Walk into a dark room, light a candle and there is an instant awareness that is realized.
The prophet Samuel writes that “The LORD lights up [our] darkness”. When God reveals His presence, He radiates a path through our problems. In our gloom, He gives light.
Light Drives Out Darkness. The apostle John writes, “This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.” (1 John 1:5 NLT). Charles Gabriel wrote the emphatic cry in the hymn, “Send The Light” in 1890 based on Psalm 43:3, “Send the Light! The blessed gospel Light; Let it shine from shore to shore! Send the Light! The blessed gospel Light: Let it shine for evermore.” His truth leads us out of darkness into the glorious light.
Light Gives Us Direction. David wrote, “Send out Your light and Your truth; let them lead me.” (Ps 43:3) In another psalm, God’s word is described as “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Ps 119:105) The illuminating truth of God’s word instructs in our moment by moment steps, as well as our monumental journeys. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (John 8:12 NLT). His light always leads to life.
Light Reveals Our Destiny. Our commitment to the Light connects us with those walk in the Light. We have a commonality with other surrendered saints in their suffering. We have a connection with other faithful followers who are facing fear. We know from whence we have come and where we are going. This bond we share is with those who have experienced being cleansed by Jesus’s sacrifice and redemption. John reminds us, “But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7 NLT). Live in the light and know that you belong to Jesus and His family.
Tim Hughes wrote these lyrics in 2001. He reminds us of God’s incarnate demonstration of compassion, he also rejoices with our only declaration and confession . . . “So here I am to worship . . . here I am to bow down.”
“Light of the world you step down into darkness,
Opened my eyes let me see.
Beauty that makes this heart adore You,
Hope of a life spent with You.”
“So here I am to worship,
Here I am to bow down,
Here I am to say that You’re my God.
Your altogether lovely, Altogether worthy, Altogether wonderful to me.”
The beloved disciple John sums it up, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory . . . His Light . . . the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
Live in His light. Give His light. Love His light. Allow His light to define you.