The difference between darkness and light is simple. Darkness is the absence of light. Darkness is simply a result or effect, not a cause. Light is a cause and the result of that: there is no darkness.
“The Day the Trees Fell” last November introduced me to utter darkness in our area. The power was gone for a number of days, and when the sun went down there was nothing. The darkness was like someone poured a vial of black ink over the world. I don’t believe I have ever been exposed to utter darkness before, and for me it felt very oppresive. There were times during that event that I clung to my flash light, lantern, or the head lights of my vehicle.
The Psalmst says that the entrance of God’s Word gives light. The heart of man and all its intent is utter darkness separate from God. Why? God is the source of all light and without Him you have complete darkness (spiritually, emotionally, morally, physicaly etc). When men rejected God, when they suppressed His truth (Rom 1:18) the result was darkness.
Rom 1:21-22a”For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools.”
Men blinded their own hearts even though God had revealed Himself to them from the very beginning. Adam and Eve carried the knowledge of God. Noah and his family carried that knowledge with them out of the ark. God has always had someone in every generation who carried His light. It was man who suppressed the truth and brought spiritual darkness down on themselves. Even to the point today where there are people around the world isolated in jungles and remote places without the knowledge of God. And the fault does not lie with God, it lies with men. Every single human being that has lived and is living is without excuse before God because He has made the knowledge of Himself known through creation and from the very beginning (Rom 1:19-20). He has written His existence onto the conscience of our heart (Rom 2:15).
So what does God have to do? His Word, His self revelation, enters into the world and gives light! And as the Psalmist writes it gives understanding to the simple.
2 Cor 4:6″For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
The truth of God’s initiation of salvation is Him shining the light of the Gospel of Christ into our hearts. The cause of our life is His light. The result of His light in our hearts is life.
“In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, ‘I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him'” (Luke 10:21-22).
The Psalmist writes in v131, “I opened my mouth and panted, for I longed for Your commandments.” And again in v135, “Make Your face shine upon Your servant, And teach me Your statutes.” Again we have this light shining down on His servant. And the light comes from God’s face. So His Word is light, and He is light. When He looks on His servant that light bathes Him in its glory. And the mark of one who truly loves God is a consuming thirst for His Word (light).
Shine your light upon me oh Lord, and fill me with your light just as I am consumed with thirst for life giving water.
And Jesus answers His servants across time and from His thone at the right hand of the father:
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6). The promise of the Lord is that we will be satisfied, He gives us the life giving water to drink. He is the water, He is the life.
I hear and feel the same way as the Psalmist writes in v134 and v136. Redeem me from the oppression of man to keep your precepts, and rivers of water run down from my eyes for men do not keep your law.
I am so thankful that I live in a country where we can openly and without oppression worship and live out our Faith. Pray for our brothers and sisters in the the world who are oppressed and hindered in their practice of God’s precepts from day to day.
2 Peter 2:7-8[God] delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)
Those who love God and love His truth will experience these feelings. I grieve over the wickedness going on in the world. I worked for a police department for a couple of years while I attended college as a 911 operator. That was one small suburb in one area, in one state of this nation and the amount of evil occuring each night was staggering.
One final thought on the entrance of God’s Word gives light is in reference to Christ’s second coming.
In Revelation 16:10-11, John writes concerning the fourth bowl of judgement poured out on the earth, “Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain. They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.”
At the time of Christ’s return the earth will be smouldering with destruction from wars and God’s judgment on the evil of men. The sun will be black. The scene will reflect the darkness of men’s hearts. The anti-christ and his armies will be gathered together in Israel to fight against Christ.
And we read these texts, “For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:27).
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:29-30).
“Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean,followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”
Amen, come Lord Jesus.