Psalm 4 - The Light
PSALM 4 VERSE 6-The Light
Over the last couple of weeks we have been studying Psalm 4 verse by verse. We have learned that David had a profound understanding of God. The Father even said that David was a man after God’s own heart.
This psalm portrays many attributes of God. He has set apart the godly for himself…He hears us when we are in distress. We have delved into righteous anger and what that means. We have gained some understanding of the Jewish sacrificial system in the OT. We learned that the intent was to draw their hearts back to God.
We also learned that most of the sacrifices were intended to worship God and show gratitude for His provision in their lives.
Today we will begin a more in depth study of verse 6.
[Psalm 4:6 NASB] Many are saying, “Who will show us any good?” Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O Lord! The heart cry of many people, both believers and non-believers is; who will show us some good, or how can we gain “good” in this world? Have you ever wondered if there was any “good” to be found in our world today?
David knew where “good” is found…the light of Gods face on us.
David said “The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear”? Psalm 27:1 ESV
This concept of light is certainly prevalent throughout all of scripture. In Genesis, after God created the Heavens and the earth, He said let there be LIGHT and there was LIGHT. From that point on the scriptures have much to say about LIGHT. In the Hebrew the word for LIGHT is OR. This word is from the root word AR which means to organize or bring order. It is no coincidence that Gods light is related to order.
The prophets in the OT proclaimed the correlation of LIGHT to God. Isaiah prophesied about Jesus being the Light.
[Isaiah 9:2 ESV] The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.
[Isaiah 51:4 ESV] “Pay attention to Me, O My people, And give ear to Me, O My nation; For a law will go forth from Me, And I will set My justice for a LIGHT of the peoples”.
[Isaiah 42:6-7 NASB] 6“I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a LIGHT for the nations, 7 to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.
God manifested Himself to Moses as light.
In fact, the light that emanated from the presence of God was on the face of Moses so that when he came down the mountain to speak to the children of Israel, his face was shining with the reflection of that light. This is a concept that Paul wrote about in 2 Corinthians.
Now we know since Christ has come, that the light of God is the Gospel of Jesus, shown in the face of Jesus.
The gospel writers, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John have different styles of how they gave us information about God. Matthew, Mark and Luke tend to tell us more of what God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) did, while John seems to tell us more about the nature of God, or who He is. For example, 1 John 4:24 says that God is Spirit, then in John 4:8 he says that God is Love.
The Apostle John wrote a lot about “The Light” and said that God IS light. This will give us some understanding of how the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God was manifest in the face of Christ Jesus.
[John 1:1-13 NASB] 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 6 There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. 9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
[1 John 1:5-7 NASB] 5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
David knew that the Light of Gods face upon us was definitely “good”. We will learn over the next couple of weeks that Jesus and the Apostle Paul had much more to say on this subject. Paul also wrote to the Corinthian church in detail about this very concept of the light of the Glory of God.
Over the next couple of weeks we will go over what Jesus said when he called his followers the “light of the world”. For a more in depth view of what we will talking about next week, please read Matthew 5:14-16 and see what Jesus said about the Light of the world.
Also read 2Corinthians 3:1-18 and 2Corinthians 4:1-16 and make note of all of the times that Paul referenced the glory of God that caused Moses face to shine, and his references to the LIGHT of the Gospel.
• If someone asked if there is any “good” in this world, what would you tell them?
• Has the Light of God brought order into your world?
• Is “darkness” simply the absence of “light”?