Light | Reader – Easter 2020
Silence and stillness before God (2 minutes)
Reading: Psalm 112
Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.
Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice. Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever.
They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast; trusting in the Lord. (v.4-7, NIV)
I have loved the nights when I eagerly awaited a sky with no cloud cover so we could sit outside on our back porch wrapped in blankets and armed with my camera and tripod to try and catch the meteor shower or the super moon. I even loved the ones that were exhausting but chalk full of new baby snuggles, these are still probably my favorite nights
...And then there were the nights that went on forever. A deep black sky that enveloped me and felt endless as I worked through pain, fear, or loss. I would lay awake and stare at the sky through the curtains just searching for a glimpse of a star, waiting for the sun to rise again. Have you had a night like this?
David reminds me in the Psalms, that "Even in darkness light dawns for the upright...Surely the righteous will never be shaken...They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord..." (Ps. 112:4-7) I am so thankful for this encouragement, but what is an "upright" person, exactly? Who is he talking about?
The upright - are those who are "gracious, compassionate, righteous... generous, lending freely and dealing justly with others." (v. 4-5) It is clear that the upright in the Lord are those who live life with an "open hands" posture, allowing their own lives to bless others instead of fearfully turning inward to maintain and preserve themselves. And whats truly wonderful about this open-handedness is that they will have no fear of bad news, they are secure - trusting in the Lord alone.
David does not say that there will be no darkness, or difficulty or pain for the upright - but His children know that Jesus is the one who holds them, who provides, who brings the dawn even when they are surrounded by darkness. They know that above all, the Lord is trustworthy and consistent. The dawn will come.
Question to consider this week: How can I be a light in my community and circles of influence this week?
Action step: We can decide to look for ways to live with an "openhanded" posture towards others - blessing others (maybe with toilet paper,) being gracious with a short-tempered co-worker, or compassionate to our neighbors.
Prayer: Lord, we praise you for being Lord over both the darkness and the dawn. Thank you for your faithfulness in both, and for the knowledge that we do not need to fear bad news or the unknown because our hearts are secure in you. We can be loving and gracious with others because you loved us first. In Jesus' name, amen.
Conclude with silence (2 minutes)