The Resplendent Light

Back in the late 90s and early 2000s, we used to drive to Washington state to visit Amy's family. It's about a 30-hour drive, and being young and full of adventure Amy and I would take the kids, load them up ,and make the drive straight through.

We would leave our home in Aberdeen at around 5:00 in the evening because that would get us to certain points along the trip at the "right time." So most of North Dakota and much of Montana was seen by headlights. But as you came to western Montana and the sun came creeping up behind you in the east, you started to see those majestic mountains light up in the distance. It was quite the sight to see. And after squinting through the night, they were that much more majestic.

"You are resplendent with light,

more majestic than mountains rich with game."

--Psalm 76:4

Here is Asaph speaking again of the Lord. How majestic he is, resplendent (Impressive or attractive) with light. As I think on these thoughts of Asaph, I can't help but think of the darkness we find ourselves wandering through here on earth. We find ourselves squinting to see and stumbling along in the darkness we are in, but when we come into the presence of the Lord God we see just how majestic He is.

The crazy part is, the darker the night is, the brighter the dawn appears. As the darkness of this world continues to close in, God's light will only become brighter to our eyes. We will see just how resplendent He is, and then we can also be carriers of that light. After all, as believers in Christ Jesus, we are the light of the world. "Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)


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