Light is sown for the righteous,
and joy for the upright in heart.
Psalm 97:11 ESV
When I read C.H.Spurgeon’s comment on Psalm 97:7, ‘All worshipers of images are put to shame who make their boast in worthless idols; worship him, all you gods!’ I was tempted to write an altogether different post than the one I have in mind.
Spurgeon wrote, ‘Bow down yourselves, ye fancied gods. Let Jove do homage to Jehovah, let Thor lay down his hammer at the foot of the cross, and Juggernaut remove his blood-stained car out of the road of Immanuel.’
As an uncle to young, and not-so-young, fans of the current crop of cinematic super heroes (Thor included) and admittedly with an interest myself, I weighed the merits of taking a cheap shot at those costumed gods and goddesses but chose against it; not from any fear of retribution, just because 97:11 means more to me; today anyway.
David’s imagery of God, the LORD, reigning over the earth in clouds and darkness, flashing lightning and devouring his enemies with fire as the earth trembled and the mountains melted like wax, is reason enough to rejoice and be glad, to cheer and clap and stamp my feet.
It is Jehovah the LORD who truly rules, who steps in to our lives at just the right time, to save and deliver us from the plots of the wicked, thundering out his righteous judgments, overpowering every menacing deed of man and devil to achieve our ultimate happy ending.
‘Light is sown for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart.’
What won’t the world give for even a little light and joy? But both are sown for us, scattered all down the path of our life from the hand of God who orders all our ways and knows every step we will ever take; light and joy prepared for today, growing already for tomorrow, for every day until, by grace through faith in Jesus who died to save us and rose from the dead to deliver us, he brings us safe home to himself in the end.
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.“