I love candlelight. I love the way it adds ambiance to a special dinner. One of the reasons I like candlelight so well is that it softens hard realities. I just look better in the low light. One does not see my wrinkles, my blemishes or the bags under my eyes. All the defects are hidden in the soft flattering light. My husband even looks better!
Today’s verse talks about another kind of light; the light of His countenance. This light is brighter and much more revealing. It does not soften anything but brings to light some hard realities. I do not look so good in this light as it exposes the truth. The light of His face exposes all the sins I have ever tried to cover up, even from myself. But those secret sins that no one else knows about are not hidden from Him. His light reveals what I am hiding even from myself.
I may feel more comfortable in low candlelight, but He will have none of it! His light exposes the problem out of love for me, so that it can be confessed and forgiven. I need to agree with God about my secret sin so that He can deal with it. In doing so, I can actually enjoy His light. This same Psalm ends with a prayer, “and let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us…” When I am honest with Him about those secret sins and confess them, I become more beautiful as I reflect His beauty! No more need for candlelight!
Thank you Lord, for Your beautiful light and the forgiveness You offer.