Let Me Be a Reflection
Verse 17 “Here I will make a horn grow for David and set up a lamp for my anointed one.”
The psalmist has reminded the people that God chose the city, that He has special clothing for His priests to wear and that He has promised that David will have a descendant reigning forever. He revisits that last point in our verse today.
The word horn was to represent a political power. This political power may not be like what we think of political powers. Unlike what may come to our mind in the so called two party system, this political power was not chosen by the people. David didn’t have to face elections every four years to keep the throne. And his sons didn’t have to win people over after his death, they automatically knew one of them would be the next king. God had chosen David as king and He declared that his descendants would reign forever.
This lamp that is being referenced in this verse is meant to show the permanency of David’s family’s reign in Jerusalem. Light has had an important role in reigning from the earliest days of creation. In Genesis 1:16 it says that God set the sun to rule the day and the moon to rule the night. This light would rule by way of dispersing the darkness. The candle stick in the Tent of Meeting or Tabernacle also ruled in the way of dispelling darkness. It was dark in the tent because of the materials used as well as their thickness.
The darkness can never overpower the light because it can never be dark enough to hide the light and in this way it rules over darkness. This makes sense in the natural laws angle of life but what about the meaning of this verse? It takes our remembering that God doesn’t always talk in human terms. We already know that when God promised David that his descendants would always be on the throne that He was really talking about David’s descendant, Jesus.
Our verse says that He set up the lamp for His anointed one. Jesus said that He was the light of the world. The light of Christ will dispel all darkness the world can muster. And just as the moon has no light of its own and yet through reflection, dispels darkness, so we, as Christians should be reflecting that light and dispelling the darkness that is the world.
Making It Personal
How well do you reflect Him? Are you allowing His light to penetrate the deepest parts of you? Where can you shine brightly for Him today?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to reflect Jesus? What are some ways that you reflect Him? Are there ways that you should be shining for Him that you aren’t?
Father, forgive us for allowing darkness to think it has the upper hand. Give us the courage to always shine brightly for You. In Jesus’ name, amen.