Read Psalm 112:1-10
“Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous” (v. 4).
The Hebrew word for “ariseth” is commonly used for the sunrise (Ps. 97:11; Isa. 58:8). The morning light is one of the most welcome sights known to man. The night may have been long and dark — no stars or moon — but the darkness will be conquered. The sun will rise to push away the oppression of the nocturnal black.
Life can bring its own night. The effects of sin and the foibles of fallen humanity may leave the righteous groping for direction, stumbling and struggling without any immediate sense of the Son. But light will dawn anew. The psalmist declares that, for the upright in heart, the darkest night will have a dawn of hope. Dr. Thomas Chalmers, facing the Scottish Reformation of 1843, cited these words to his beleaguered hearers: “Never was the truth — a word spoken in season — more vividly realized . . . a strong expression of conscious comfort and encouragement . . . called forth.” The sun will shine again for the righteous. The night will not be forever for the children of the Son. (WES)
The righteous will have their dark times. They shall receive comfort.
Their own character will secure this [light]. — Charles Spurgeon
Live righteously in the dark and the Son of Righteousness will come in a sunrise of hope.
This devotional is the Monday, August 24. 2015 entry of Opening the Word.
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