You Light Up My Darkness
What do you do when it all starts to feel like too much?
A new day starts. I drink my cup of coffee and consider the day ahead. The sun's rising brings with it phone calls, emails, handling other people's opinions and expectations, communicating my own opinions and expectations, being a husband, a father, a friend, a leader, a follower, a pastor, a disciple... And in all the doing of what must be done, how am I to live for the fame of Christ this day? In the dark before sunrise I begin to feel the weight of the day that awaits me.
Ever feel that way?
Maybe you're like me. Maybe you too feel the weight of your world on your shoulders and worry if you'll be able to do it all, do it well and honour Jesus in it all. And when you take an honest look at yourself, you know that you have the great potential to mess it all up! But as you sit in the dark before dawn, let the words of Psalm 18 encourage you.
"For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness."
Our capacity to light the darkness and to make something beautiful shine is limited. There's only so much that you and I can do. That's why the Psalmist here emphasises the Lord's role in the darkness -He lights my lamp. He lights up my darkness. He does what I cannot. My abilities are limited. He can make something beautiful out of any darkness.
So in the dark before dawn, let your heart sing these words: "You, oh Lord my God, are the Light and you light up my darkness!"
- Chris Green