Psalm 36:9b “In Your light we see light.”


It’s hard to see in the dark without a good light.  We all know that.  That’s kind of common sense.  But this verse confused me.  How do you see light in the light?  That has to be a really bright light, right?

But if you look at the verse from a spiritual side, you can understand what David is saying.  If we stay in God’s light, we can see light.  God gives us the ability to see the light around us. He allows us to recognize the light in others.  He shines His light upon us so that we can see His light.


Children love playing with flashlights in the dark.  Get a good one and play along with them.  Get in a really dark room and turn it on.  Talk about the shadows it casts upon the walls.  Talk about the things in the room you really can’t see too well unless you shine the light directly on them.

Now turn on the room light, hopefully an overhead light.  Now talk about how you can see everything more clearly.  You don’t need to shine your flashlight at stuff because you are in the light from the room.  It makes things more visible.  You can recognize all the things in the room easily. God will shine His light directly on us and, in so doing, He illuminates the world for us.  He exposes the hidden things.

You see, God doesn’t want us tripping. He doesn’t want us stumbling.  But if you are like me, sometimes I want to hide in the darkness.  I have to remember that the light of Jesus dwells within me through the power of the Holy Spirit. I must stay in the light and shine my light, not for me, but for others.  I need to point them to the Light.

Light of the world, You shine upon me.  You are the brightest light.  There is no other light that draws men like Yours.


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