PRAYER + PRAISE

Rising up for the Light of the Lord Has Come

1 Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. 2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. 3 The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising. —Isaiah 60:1-3

The verse above is professed as promises of restoration to the Hebrew people as they neared the end of exile in Babylon. God’s call to them is to rise up from their despair and to take in the Lord’s light, for He is going to take them from the dark place that was exile and to deliver them back to a kingdom that is built by Him in Jerusalem.

But the verses above have a more expansive meaning than was meant for that specific audience of exiled Jews. It was professed as such to display the vision that Jesus Christ, as Messiah for the world, would come, be the glory of God revealed, be a light that all would cling to, to establish a new Jerusalem and a new people dedicated to following that light.

Light, the kind of light that Jesus was, is an important element to our walk as people reborn in Him. As John 8:12 shows us, darkness will not come to those that choose to follow Jesus Christ. When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. "Jesus was the light, he walked in light, and we are to walk in a similar illuminated manner.

Such light—God’s Spirit within us—allows us to shine before men, so that they may see the light of the Lord. Such is alluded to above: the Hebrew people, those that were to accept the promised salvation through Christ, will shine God’s light to all the surrounding nations. And now we are all called to the same endeavor, being vessels that will allow His light to shine throughout the earth—and allow His glory to be seen.

Praise: That the Lord’s light has come through Christ.

Prayer: That we indeed rise up, take hold of that light, and shine it before everyone we come in contact with.

Prayer for Today: Lord, we thank You for the salvation that You gave us, a perfect gift, even when we did not deserve to be redeemed. And You gave that gift to all people so that we may display Your glory to all people. May we truly let Your light shine upon this earth and give You all the glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.