Psalm 4:6 Part 2-The Light


[Ps 4:6 ESV] 6 There are many who say, “Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!”

Last week we talked about the “Light of Gods Face” that David references in Psalm 4:6. There is so much for us to learn about the “Light of God” that we needed to expand it to at another week.

We learned that in the Hebrew the word for LIGHT is OR. This word is from the root word AR which means to organize or bring order. We also learned that the Prophet Isaiah prophesied about the coming of one (Jesus) who would be a 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.

Also in Isaiah 42:

[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.

This week we want go into some more detail about Isaiah and his prophecies concerning the LIGHT. We will also take a closer look at Jesus’ teaching on the LIGHT of God and how He (Jesus) fulfilled the prophesies spoken by Isaiah. We will then get some understanding from the Apostle Paul regarding Light.

In Matthew chapter 4 we can begin to see the importance of the fulfillment of prophesy by Jesus. Some of that prophesy and fulfillment was directly related to the concept of the Light of God. To gain a bit of context on Matthew 4, we read that Jesus had been fasting in the wilderness for 40 days and nights, and then was tempted by the devil. After the temptation, angels came and ministered to Jesus. The story continues with Jesus withdrawing to Galilee.

[Mat 4:12-17 NASB] 12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been taken into custody, He withdrew into Galilee; 13 and leaving Nazareth, He came and settled in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali. 14 This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet:

15 “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
16 “The people who were sitting in darkness saw a great Light,
And those who were sitting in the land and shadow of death,
Upon them a Light dawned.” 17 From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

In this scripture we clearly understand through the text that it was important that Jesus fulfill Isaiah’s prophesy about The Light. Then we read some amazing teaching by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, where He had more to say about Light.

[Mat 5:14-16 NASB] 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

[Jo 8:12 NASB] 12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

Ok Jesus, which is it…are we the Light of the world, or are you? This would seem to be a contradiction. The answer is found in the scripture itself and the context of both passages. In Matthew 4, Jesus was talking to believers…disciples. It is clear that Jesus wants His followers to reflect His Light and to be a Light in this dark world. John 8:12 says that if we follow Jesus, we will have the “Light of Life”.

In John 8 Jesus was talking to the Pharisees. They were still in darkness, and did not accept that Jesus was the Light that Isaiah had prophesied about. In John 8:13 the Pharisees told Jesus that His testimony about Himself was not true. In John 8:19 Jesus tells them that did not know Him or His Father, and if they had known Him (Jesus), they would have known the Father as well.

So what does it mean to be Light? Paul had some pretty clear instructions for the Ephesians.

[Eph 5:1-14 NASB] 1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

3 But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; 4 and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them; 8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light 9 (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10 trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; 12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. 14 For this reason it says, “Awake, sleeper,
And arise from the dead,
And Christ will shine on you.”

This scripture sheds Light (pun intended) on how we are Light in this world, as Jesus is Light.

We hold the same views as Jesus…verse 8-10 of the scripture we just read tells us how we should live… for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light 9 (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10 trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.

I want o make sure that we don’t just read this as a Christian “to-do” list. Doing these things certainly does not make you a Christian…they will not save you. These attributes should be IN LIGHT OF THE MERCY OF GOD THAT LED YOU TO WHOLLY FOLLOWING JESUS. They should follow after a life that has been transformed by Jesus.

Paul says it best in the scripture we just read:

[Ephesians 5:1-2 NASB] 1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

Lets just stop for a minute and talk about the Therefore. We have all heard the saying about reading scripture…when you see Therefore, you need to find out what it's there for. This will clearly show the people being addressed were followers of Christ.

So the ‘therefore’ relates back to the subject matter that Paul has just been talking about in his letter. In the previous chapter, even the previous sentence, Paul is talking to believers, the church; when he says:

[Eph 4:30-32 NASB] 30Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Then the very next sentence:

[Eph 5:1-14 NASB] 1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

Paul mentions the “fruit of the LIGHT” in Ephesians 1:9. This starts to give us a better understanding of what it means to be “children of LIGHT”; they will bear fruit! If we are being “imitators of God” we should certainly mirror Gods view of the culture today.

So when David says things like “lift up the light of your face upon us O Lord”, and “the Lord is my light and my salvation” we start to grasp the deep meaning in the words.

Make no mistake, David was certainly a brilliant man, but he was just a man. A man who sinned and needed the mercy of God just like you and I. The words he wrote were given to him by the Spirit of God. So while we can marvel at the many awesome things that David did for God in his lifetime, we should be even more amazed and in awe of our God. His mercy and grace has made the way for our sin debt to be paid.

Our great and awesome God, who is rich in mercy, proclaims that we are righteous through the sacrifice of Jesus, and has sent the Holy Spirit to teach us, guide us and empower us to proclaim His truth to the world!

We should be LIGHT in this dark world!

Questions • Would your family, husband, wife, children or co-workers say that you are a Light?

• What does it mean to “imitate God?”

• Do you agree with God?

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