“They rise in the darkness as a light for the upright; they are gracious, merciful, and righteous.” vs. 4
Even though the world seems to be overrun with greedy and deceptive liars and rascals, the psalmist insisted that there was another side to the picture. He observed that there was a vast cadre of folks who lived according to the precepts of the law and who brought light to dark places. On our better days, when our eyes are open to the goodness of God’s presence in ourselves and others, we can agree. There is a whole network of gracious, merciful, and righteous people living in every part of the world. Often their deeds go unnoticed, obscured by the misdeeds that get emphasized by the media, but their presence is what gives stability and security to our communities. They might live next door or across the street, and we can meet them most anywhere. We know them by their kind eyes and warm smiles and often their words reveal their caring spirits. If it weren’t for them this world would be a dark and foreboding place. With them our lives can be a delight. They can have a variety of religious beliefs, but often we see them in our congregations–they are the living presence of the Christ, and church is where they come for energy and cleansing. Because of such people the psalmist praised the Lord, and so do we! These kind souls are the light of the world!
Thought for the Day: In whom did I see light yesterday?