This is the fourth in a series of Bible studies about the light of Yahuah. Today, we will examine two more Bible verses that speak about His light. They are found in Psalm 97:11 and Psalm 104:2.
Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.Psalm 97:11
The Psalmist says that light is sown for the righteous. The question then becomes, who sows or plants this light? We established in Part 1 of this series of Bible studies that mankind has no light of our own apart from Yah.
Therefore, it is our Creator, Yahuah, who has sown light. In fact, on day one of creation, He sowed all the light that we need. At creation, He established His righteous ways, which are light. Peter puts it this way:
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and reverence, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:2 Peter 1:3
Including in the “all things” is Yah’s light. He waits for us to reap His marvelous light He has already provided.
Yah has not only sown all the light that humans as a whole need. In His omniscience, He has tailor-made His light for everyone. For our heavenly Father deals with each and every one of us personally.
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.Matthew 10:29-31
Can you picture Yah going ahead of us to sow light even as a good shepherd goes ahead of his sheep to prepare their way? Sometimes, though, it feels as if He’s not there. But He is. As we continue on our pilgrimage to eternity, He may appear to be out of our sight, but we are never out of His mind. He is wayyyyy ahead of us sowing the light that we need for the different lives that we live. He so desires that we partake of His light.
Abba, Our Good Shepherd, knew us from our beginning. He even knew us in our mother’s womb.
For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.Psalms 139:13
He foreknew the good, the bad and the ugly places that we have walked… many of our own folly. Simply stated:
Yet, He doesn’t give up on us. He continually sows His inexhaustible supply of light along our paths. He knows exactly when we will come by the way of the light that He has individually sown for each of us.
When we get there, light is also there. Waiting for us is illumination of righteous choices, decisions and intentions. Even if the “place of there” feels as if it is the the valley of the shadow of death, we have the blessed assurance that Yah’s light is there too.
However, His light must be recognized in order to be actualized in our lives. There is a condition, a caveat, to accessing Yah’s light. Psalm 97:11 says that:
Light is sown for the righteous…
If we choose to indulge in that which is not righteous, we won’t even see the light that Yah has provided for us. We not only won’t see His light, we won’t even desire His light, His righteous ways.
Therefore, to avoid finding ourselves groping in the dark, let us begin now, today, to walk in the portion of light that we now see and know. The more of Yah’s light we choose now, the more of His light we will see on the paths in life that we walk. In Part 3, we looked at this sight and light connection.
If today, we choose to glean from fields of darkness, we will only see and reap darkness later on in our pilgrimage. We reap what we sow, later than we sow. So today, we choose righteousness so that we can later reap more of Yah’s light that He has already sown for us.
…and gladness for the upright in heart.Psalm 97:11
We will be glad that we did.
If we seek and search for Yahuah’s light, His light will be found.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith Yahuah, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.Jeremiah 29:11-13
Though originally written to ancient Israel, Yah is no respecter of persons. He has a standing invitation to all of mankind to seek Him. When we do, we will see the light that He has already sown for us.
Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:Psalms 104:2
Before writing about Psalm 104:2, I want to first recall a tender moment between Moses and the Father in Exodus.
And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of Yahuah before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. And Yahuah said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.Exodus 33:18-23
I shared this passage in Exodus to remind us that we cannot look directly upon the face of our Creator. Yet, we can indirectly see Him even as Moses saw a part of the Most High.
Each day, we have opportunities to both see Yah and to show Him to others. Yet, I’m not speaking of grand proselytizing evangelistic outreaches with persuasive preaching.
In our simple every day walk, we can give the world opportunities to look indirectly upon Yah. When we do, those whom we come in contact with will experience light which brings life. Light attracts and true light points to the Creator.
In wanting more light, others will peer deeper and will encounter the One who clothes Himself in light, Our Creator, Yahuah! They will hear the good news of reconciliation with Yahuah which is made possible by the shed blood of Yahusha.
What I’m trying to communicate is shown in Paul’s contrast between light and darkness in Galatians. He first wrote about darkness:
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of Elohim.Galatians 5:19-21
He next wrote about light:
But the fruit of the Ruach is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,Galatians 5:22
Of the two lists, which is light? Right. The second one. Which is attractive? Right. The second one. Which brings life? Right. The second one. Which will cause someone to “see” the Father, the one who clothes Himself in light? Right. The second one. Light is attractive especially when darkness is pervasive.
With this understanding of our role in revealing Yah who clothes Himself in light, comes a great responsibility. Hear the heart of Yahuah in Second Peter:
Yahuah is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.2 Peter 3:9
We must seek to stay away from darkness and to embrace the light of righteousness. Each of us must examine ourselves (I’m writing to myself first) to see if our actions are causing or have caused someone else to see darkness rather than light.
When we fall short (and we have and will), we are quick to repent (admit, quit and turn) and climb right back up the hill to continue fulfilling our commission given to us by the Messiah:
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.Matthew 5:14-16
We are to show forth the One who clothes himself in light to a lost and dying world.