Stumbling in the Dark

Psalm 89

Back in the 6th grade, I remember waking up one night.  I had to go to the bathroom… but I had no idea where I was.  It was right before school let out, because I sleeping in the hallway that night, right in front of the fan (it must have been pretty hot in my room… I don’t remember).  I got up, and kinda turned around in circles for awhile.  I was completely disoriented.  It took a few minutes (which seemed like an eternity) to get my bearings.  That was a weird feeling–being lost in your own house.  A night light or a flash light would have helped things tremendously!

Psalm 89 is a big psalm.  It’s big in length (52 verses).  It’s big in scope (the author talks about God’s promises to David, the Kingdom of the Messiah, the fall of David’s house, and a few other things).  Early in the Psalm, the author talks about the reasons that God is so great.  Look at what Psalm 89:15 says,

How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound!  O Lord, they walk in the light of Your countenance.

Elsewhere in Scripture God is described as light, as dwelling in inapproachable light.  His revelation is also described as lamp to our feet and light to our path.  Light illuminates.  Light exposes.  Light reveals.  A path that is lit in the dark is a much safer path than one that remains dark. 

God’s revelation to us in Scripture serves to point us to Jesus.  As we are transformed by the Holy Spirit through Scripture, we reflect His light, kind of like the moon reflects the sun.  The moon has no light in and of itself–it reflects the sun’s light.  Likewise, when we walk in the light of His countenance, we reflect His light.  The Bible tells us in Philippians 2:15 that followers of Jesus are lights in the world among a crooked and perverse generation.

The question for us, then, is this:  are we reflecting God’s light, or do we allow sin to eclipse His light?


About Aaron

Aaron is a follower of Jesus. He's married to his smokin' hot wife Laura and is the father of three adorable girls. He enjoys a robust cigar, a complex root beer, a good movie, writing, football, thought-provoking books, and rousing discussions about subjects you're not supposed to talk about (like theology and politics). Religious people irritate him (because he once was one). He's on a quest to find the perfect dry rub and sauce for ribs.
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