Praise, Prayer, and Promises of Light

DSCF4224“For with thee is the fountain of life:

in thy light shall we see light.”

Psalm 36:9

In Prayer One Morning:

Dawn awakened the earth. Light creeped into the sky with specks of gold overshadowed by the tallest trees standing above the rising sun. Puffy gray and white clouds clung to each other taking on shapes of their own. I smiled at the fire breathing dragon floating across the blue sky. I closed my eyes and began to pray. “Our Father which is in heaven …”

In a moment, my eyes searched the heavens again as if to catch a glimpse of the face of God. Being easily distracted, the dragon caught my attention. It’s form began to lose the fiery shape as the sun’s glory rose slowly above the trees. I smiled, closed my eyes, and continued praying until the final sentence.

“For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.” Beginning those words, I lifted my head towards the heavens a third time. I smiled. The bright and glorious glow of the sun had risen above the trees and obliterated the dragon-cloud. Only the glory of the sun remained.

The Lord’s Promises:

One day the only light to shine will be that of Jesus Christ who is the one who gave us these promises –

“I am the light of the world:

  • he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,
  • but shall have the light of life …
  • Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.
  • In thy name shall they rejoice all the day:
  • and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted.
  • In thy name shall they rejoice all the day…” John 8:12; Psalm 89:15-17a;

We who have the Light of life dwelling in us have reason to rejoice and to praise the Lord’s name all the day.

Our Praise:

  • “Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
  • Thy righteousness is like the great mountains:
  • thy judgments are a great deep:
  • O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.

How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God!

Therefore the children of men

put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

  • They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house;
  • and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
  • For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.” Psalm 36:5-10.

It’s easy to sit at my desk, put the world and its troubles aside for a moment, and praise the Lord. But then the time comes to walk in the world against that dragon of old, called satan, who pretends to be an angel of light but is actually, “as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” And most of the time he doesn’t wait until we walk out the door but tries to overshadow the light of our Lord the moment our eyes open. That is why we need to be diligent in prayer to walk in the light of Christ until he returns.

Our Prayer:

Heavenly Father,

  • “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed …

Each day is a gift from you taking us one step closer to the day our salvation by faith becomes sight. Knowing this, may we be on guard and not let our hearts be lulled to sleep by the world’s cares or satan’s lies. For –

  • The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness … rioting, and drunkenness, not in chambering, and wantonness, not in strife, and envying…

Help us remember we are children of light. Fill us with your love and a love for you that keeps us from participating in the world of darkness – wild parties, drunkenness, sexual indiscretions, immoral living, quarreling, and jealousy, nor any other thing that would bring shame to your holy name. Each day –

  • Let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day… (and) put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” (From Romans 13:11-14)

May we remember we are clothed in the righteousness of Christ, and sin has no more reign over us. Help us walk in the righteousness that is ours through Christ. May your Light of life shine through us to a dark world providing hope for those who still wander in darkness.  Amen.

The day is coming when the saved of the Lord will see no darkness, and the sun’s brightness will pale in the light of the glory of the Father and the Son.

“And the city had no need of the sun,

neither of the moon, to shine in it:

for the glory of God did lighten it,

and the Lamb is the light thereof …

I am the root and the offspring of David,

and the bright and morning star.”

Revelation 21:23;22:16b

Today, while it is still day may we receive the admonition of the–

“Kings of the earth, and all people;

princes, and all judges of the earth:

Both young men, and maidens;

old men, and children:

Let them praise the name of the LORD:

for his name alone is excellent;

his glory is above the earth and the heaven.”

Psalm 148:11-13

  • May your days be blessed as you walk in the Light of life. May we praise his name together.

Walking in the Light

pexels-photo-355288.jpeg“Ouch!”

A cry of pain woke me in the middle of the dark wintry night. My husband wasn’t beside me. I heard footsteps descending our basement steps and another noise I couldn’t quite make out. Something was hitting the walls. Then the chopping began. Don’t get too anxious – we had an old coal furnace adapted for burning wood as our heat source. I thought my husband must be chopping some kindling. I thought wrong.

He had walked through our dark house without any light, and had stubbed his big toe on my wooden potato bin. It was his kindling. Fortunately there weren’t any potatoes in it. Had he carried a flashlight or turned on a light my potato bin may have been saved destruction and his toe pain. The light would have revealed the bin’s whereabouts.

Light reveals what’s hidden in the darkness. The two are distinctly different and unable to co-exist. Where there is pure light there is no darkness. Where there is complete darkness there is no light. When God created the heaven and the earth there was no light only a formless, empty, watery darkness. Until God spoke and said,

“Let there be light, and there was light.”

Light and darkness existed but not together. This became the first revelation of God. More  followed with the completion of creation. Then Christ’s coming brought us a greater revelation of God’s glory.

“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness,

hath shined in our hearts,

to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God

in the face of Jesus Christ.”

2 Corinthians 4:6

Jesus is the light revealing God.

Our “I Am” passage this week:

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying,

I am the light of the world,

he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,

but shall have the light of life.”

John 8:12

Jesus tells us he is the revelation of God to the world. Jesus demonstrated this when he healed the blind man.

“Jesus answered,

Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents:

but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day:

the night cometh, when no man can work.

As long as I am in the world,

I am the light of the world.”

John 9:3-5;

Even after three years of teaching and working mighty works of God, while many believed on Jesus, many more did not. And we find –

“Jesus cried and said,

He that believeth on me, believeth not on me,

but on him that sent me.

And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.

I am come a light into the world,

that whosoever believeth on me

should not abide in darkness.”

John 12:44-46

God will not be revealed in the dark things of this world but in the light of Jesus Christ. He is the light of life. He came revealing life. Apart from him there is no life. Living doesn’t truly begin until we receive the revelation of God’s glory which gives new birth to our spirit. We only have abundant life when the Holy Spirit breathes life into our spirit. It happens when we believe and receive Jesus –

“the light of the world … “

Then we receive his Promise

he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness –  

The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.” Proverbs 4:19

but shall have the light of life

But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” Proverbs 4:18

As believers we are children of light. The light of Christ has come into our hearts, revealing the Father to us. We no longer stumble in the darkness, as my husband did that night, but walk in the life-giving light of Christ.  

How is the path you following working for you? Where is it taking you – to more light or more darkness?

 

 

 

 

Prayer and Praise; Darkness and Light

“As thou hast sent me into he world,

even so have I also sent them into the world.”

John 17:18

Two kingdoms walk on this earth. One is filled with darkness. The works of that kingdom try to hide, quiet, and destroy the kingdom of light.

Our First Prayer – 

Is for the kingdom of light.

“Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.”

Matthew 6:10

With the first advent of Jesus Christ, the kingdom of God entered the earth. Those walking with Jesus experienced the power, authority, and love of God’s kingdom. We, who have been born into God’s kingdom, experience the same in the presence of the Holy Spirit abiding in us. Our citizenship is of God’s kingdom. And He, through Christ, has left us a work to do until He returns for us. As He was sent so are we.

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying,

All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them

in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. ”  Matthew 28:18-20

Our First Promise and a Second:

“and, lo, I am with you alway,

even unto the end of the world. Amen.”  

Matthew 28:20

 Plus, Jesus promised us power for the work He left us.

“But ye shall receive power,

after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:

and ye shall be witnesses unto me

both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria,

and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

Acts 1:8

Our Second Prayer and a Third:

Christ walked the earth as one and could only be in one place at a time. Christ in us fills the world with his light, and He seeks more laborers for the kingdom.

“Then saith he unto his disciples,

The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;

Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest,

that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”

Matthew 9:37,38

And what are we to do?

“For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord;

and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.”

 In the preaching, pray for the message to no longer be hidden.

“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

In whom the god of this world

hath blinded the minds of them which believe not,

lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ,

who is the image of God,

should shine unto them.”

2 Corinthians 4:5,3,4

Our Promise:

“Therefore my beloved brethren,

be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,

forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

1 Corinthian 15:58

Our Praises:

“But thanks be to God,

which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ …

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually,

that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name …

Giving thanks unto the Father,

which hath made us meet

to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light;

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness,

and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

In whom we have redemption through his blood,

even the forgiveness of sins …

Saying, Amen:

Blessing, and glory,

and wisdom, and thanksgiving,

and honour, and power, and might,

be unto our God for ever and ever Amen.”

1Corinthians 15:57; Hebrews 13:15; Colossians 1:12-14;Revelation 7:12

As followers of Christ, we belong to his kingdom. Those apart from Christ walk in a kingdom of darkness that ends in an eternity apart from God. May we be as Isaiah who said –

“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying,

Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?

Then said I,

Here am I; send me.”

Isaiah 6:8

 Keep praying. Keep preaching. For the Lord prays with us and goes with us. He says,

“Neither pray I for these alone,

but for them also

which shall believe on me though their word.”

John 17:20

Who is it the Lord is sending you to? Know He is praying for you and them.

The Beat of an Upright Heart

DSCF0032“Unto the upright

there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.”

Psalm 112:4

Our 4-year-old clung to his daddy’s hand as we descended the cave’s depths. I held his younger brother’s hand and wondered who would hold mine. The tour guide warned us we would not be able to see our hand in front of our face. When the lights went out our oldest let out a cry. I could hear him trying to climb up his daddy’s legs? I could not open my eyes wide enough to let light in where there was no light. My breathing grew heavy as our youngest patted my hand. Why did I agree to this? I don’t have a clue. I’m not afraid of the dark but I am claustrophobic. Our oldest and I wanted the lights back on.

When sin entered the world darkness claimed the heart once filled with the light of the glory of God. We read in my previous post, “Healing for the Broken Hearted”, how God provided a new heart for those who receive Jesus as their Savior – a heart made righteous by the blood of Christ.

“The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him;

and all the upright in heart shall glory.”

Psalm 64:10

We are the upright. A light has come into our darkness.

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying,

I am the light of the world:

he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,

 but shall have the light of life.”

John 8:12.

Jesus is the light rising in the darkness. He is –

 Gracious: “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9

Full of compassion: “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;” 2 Corinthians 1:3

And righteous: “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.” 1 John 3:7

The light of the glory of God shines in the heart of the upright firmly establishing it in the righteousness of Christ. It is revealed in acts of righteousness.

  • “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD:
  • and he delighteth in his way…Psalm 37:23
  • A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth:
  • he will guide his affairs with discretion…
  • he shall not be moved for ever:
  • the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.
  • He shall not be afraid of evil tidings:
  • his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.
  • His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.
  • He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor;
  • his righteousness endureth for ever;
  • his horn shall be exalted with honour.” Psalm 112:5-9

When the lights came back on in the cave Brian stayed in his dad’s arms, Clint toddled along humming a song, and my heart slowed to an acceptable rate. Like my heart, the upright’s heart is fixed to beat with a new rhythm. No longer does it beat in step with the darkness of this world but in step with the kingdom of light.

“God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin…

He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.

He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.” 1 John 1:5-7; 2:9,10

The foundation of the upright heart finds its footing in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. In essence the upright heart is a chip off the Rock of our salvation. It walks in the light of the glory of Christ by:

  1. Delighting in God’s way
  2. Showing favor to others
  3. Living discreetly
  4. Not being moved by the darkness
  5. Standing courageously against evil
  6. Trusting the Lord
  7. Giving to the poor
  8. Having fellowship with God
  9. Being exalted in honor
  10. Loving others

And these things just get us started walking to the beat of an upright heart.


 What is your heart fixed on? Does it stand firmly in Jesus Christ? Or does it stumble in the darkness?