Saturday, November 24, 2012

Words Give Light

 129Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.
 130The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
 131I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.
 132Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name. 
(Psalm 119:129-132, King James Version)

Words Give Light

The Psalmist bathes himself in the Word of God, exclaiming, "The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple." Both the New International Version and the English Standard Version translate verse 130: "The unfolding of your Words gives light."

What a beautiful expression. In our walk with the Lord, we do not find that we suddenly understand all there is to know about the Lord. Rather, we find our walk with God to be a gradual unfolding of our understanding of who God is and of how He lives and moves in our innermost being. Each day brings us a little closer to the Lord.

Paul, in Ephesians 2, gives us a graphic illustration of the change that takes place in our hearts and lives when we come to Christ.

 1And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
 2Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
 3Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
 4But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
 5Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
 6And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
 7That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
 8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
 9Not of works, lest any man should boast.
 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:1-10, King James Version)

Truly, before we came to Christ we were dead in our sins. Yet through Christ we have been quickened, or made alive. By the grace of God we have been saved, not by anything we have done or said, but by the great mercy and kindness of God, Himself. We are, then, the workmanship of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Like the Psalmist, we cannot read Ephesians 2 without being overcome by the realization of God's great love for us. God, who is rich in mercy and love, reached down and plucked us from the sin and degradation of this life and said, "Live!" And, so we live, not by our works, but by the works of Christ, alone!

Yes, it is true! God's Words give light, for in Him is no darkness at all. Come, today, to the Light of this  world and cast off, forever, the darkness that would so easily impale you!

God Bless You,
Linda

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