11 Light dawns for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart.
12 Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name!
Psalm 97 was the morning lectionary Psalm today. When I read it, the part that struck me was that part I quoted above. It seemed particularly appropriate in light of the many dreary and rainy days we have had lately and the forecast for the sun to come out today. Of course, I don’t think the Psalm was referring literally to sun shining. After-all, everyone who lives in my area has had the same lack of sunshine and we all saw the sun today. It didn’t matter whether we were righteous or upright of heart or not, the sun really shone on all of us.
So what is that about? The light that dawns for the upright (please note not the perfect, the sin free) is the light of the Holy Spirit which shines out from within us. It is the light that brightens your step, that carries us over the stumbling blocks, that helps us to break through the clouds that enfold us. As I began to write this evening I found myself humming the lyrics of Hank Williams’ song based on Psalm 46 so I share the lyrics with you here.
I Saw The Light
Words and music by Hank Williams
- I saw the light, I saw the light.
- No more darkness; no more night
- Now I’m so happy no sorrow in sight.
Praise the Lord, I saw the light!Just like a blind man I wandered alone,
Worries and fears I claimed for my own.
Then like the blind man that Jesus gave back his sight;
Praise the Lord, I saw the light! Chorus I was a fool to wander astray,
For straight is the gate and narrow is the way.
Now I have traded the wrong for the right;
Praise the Lord, I saw the light! Chorus