His Light in the Trials
Verse 4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.
After all the talk of being blessed by God, the psalmist brings this sobering reminder that things in this life will not remain all “peaches and cream” as blessings pile on blessings. There are trials in this life and we are bound to experience them.
The poetic way the psalmist speaks of the light dawning in the darkness may seem to smooth over the sharpness of the pain that comes in our times of troubles but his main point isn’t the trial. The psalmist after all is writing a song of worship to the Creator of the universe for the people of God to sing. He is reminding them that, yes, trials will come but for the people of God who are living as His holy people, His light will always break through.
For God’s people who are living for Him, the darkness can’t overwhelm us. It is this doing life with Him and living in close communion with Him that we enjoy the light of His presence. This light doesn’t depart from the Christian even during the hard times. This is not to say that we don’t feel the dark and may even feel that it is going to overwhelm us at times, but if God is truly our focus, we will soon be seeing His light more than we will see the darkness that is trying to overtake us.
In His light we will be living in a way that is gracious, compassionate and righteous. This knowledge is a good reminder that we aren’t the only ones going through trials and as we learn through the tough times in life we are in a place where we can help others through their struggles. Just as Jesus is a more compassionate friend to us because He came and lived through a human life, we can be there to support our friends who are going through rough times.
Now as we know, not every trial is the same and so while cancer and death of a spouse are different trials both of those people can show graciousness to the other because they know of pain and loss. Graciousness isn’t about knowing exactly what the other person is going through because even two people with cancer face different challenges from one another, but there can still be caring for the other’s pain because we know our own pain.
Making It Personal
When have you felt the comfort of God during a trial? When have you experienced the graciousness and compassion of a friend? When have you been on the giving end of graciousness and compassion?
Making It Personal Kids
What is a trial that you deal with? How can you be nice and understanding to someone else that is going through that? Who can you show that form of kindness to today?
Father, thank You for being our light in the darkness. Thank You for coming as a man so You can be a compassionate Lord and Savior. In Jesus’ name, amen.