Light Comes at Night

Psalms 112-114

"Even in darkness light dawns for the upright…" (Psalm 112:4)

This phrase grabbed me this morning as I read. I'm not particularly in the "dark" at the moment or, better said, my dark spots are probably only a shade of pearl gray. But still, God's colour blind in some ways; he provides light whatever the shade of gray and in the blackest darkness, only concerned with the need for light, not worried about the intensity of the darkness. 

This week the darkness has intensified for others. A missionary friend lost her mother suddenly on Sunday. The news for another missionary/pastor is not good—if he survives he will never walk again. Suddenly, or slowly, the dusk falls and then fades to black.

That's why this psalm shouted out to me this morning. The psalmist goes on to proclaim: "Surely he will never be shaken…he will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes" (112:6-8, NIV).

This morning the sun rose. Tonight that same sun will set. Tomorrow, unless the Lord returns, that same sun will rise and set again. It's been doing that for a very long time. It never fails. It never falters. It is never deterred by the clouds. When it is night on my side of the earth, the sun continues to shine on the other side. The light is always there, somewhere. This rhythm should be a constant reminder of the truth of Psalm 112. Even in the darkness, the light will come. It only rests upon us to wait for it, trusting the One who made them both, to orchestrate them according to His perfect will.

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