How often I have read novels or seen movies where at the end of life, one moves toward a light! In these stories the light represents eternity and the presence of God. The light is bright and welcoming. We associate light with warmth and goodness, whereas darkness can represent something cold and evil. Even just a small pinpoint of light is powerful, dispelling darkness and chasing away shadows. The light has a direct affect on our sense of well-being. Without enough light, we can easily become depressed and negative. Light has a way of lifting our spirits and giving us hope.
Today’s verse describes another blessing for the believer. Light and joy shine on those whose heart is in right standing with God. There may be darkness all around but “even in darkness, light dawns for the upright.” (Psalm 112:4) When our hearts are right with the Source of light and joy, then it stands to reason that we can experience that light and joy ourselves, regardless of our circumstances.
I cannot drum up light and joy on my own for any length of time. It is too easy to allow negative guilty thoughts darken my mind, robbing me of joy. Light and joy are directly linked to my relationship to Him. They are a natural outgrowth of a close relationship with my Creator. He has made His righteousness mine through His Son, and with that clean heart comes the light and joy I so need! How wonderful the benefits of forgiveness and grace! In a world of pessimism and darkness, I can share that light and joy with others!
Thank you Lord, for being my light and my joy today!
(Look familiar? This is a re-post due to summer ministry schedule.)