I am an early riser. One morning, I took my cup of coffee and sat down on the deck. I faced the east looking for the sunrise. On this particular morning, it seemed especially dark, as if a black velvet death shroud was draped over the shoulders of the day. The night was reluctant to yield to the morning light.
Gradually the darkness lost its grip and a trace of light spread across the horizon. I watched as the golden rays of the sun began to chased the darkness away. In my mind, I could hear the words spoken at the dawn of creation, “…darkness was on the face of the deep. And God said, let there be light and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:2-4). The words of a contemporary song by Chris Tomlin soon began to resonate within: “He wraps Himself in light, and darkness tries to hide and trembles at His voice, trembles at His voice. How great is our God!”
Have you ever had times in your life when you felt like your soul was cloaked in darkness? Perhaps it was a time of serious illness or the betrayal of someone you trusted. Financial stress and family crisis can also darken the horizons of your life. The words of the familiar hymn “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” may speak to you: “O soul are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness you see? There’s light for a look at the Savior and life more abundant and free.” Let me assure you that no matter how firm a hold darkness seems to have on you, Jesus is the light that can banish the darkness.
The Lord has graciously allowed me to serve Him over sixty years in ministry. Two of my greatest joys across these years have been witnessing: (1) sunrises and (2) Son-rises. First, as noted in the opening paragraphs, there is the thrill of watching light chase the darkness from morning skies. The second, far greater than the first, is the inexplicable joy of witnessing the true ‘Son-rise’ as the ‘light’ of Christ drives the darkness of sin from a troubled soul.
As one might expect Christian music has greatly influenced my thought life. One of my favorite hymns is “The Hymn of Joy”, a poem written by Henry van Dyke and set to the famous “Ode to Joy” melody of the final movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s final symphony;
Joyfully, joyfully we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love,
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away.
Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!
In the eternal struggle of Light vs Darkness, at the end – Light Wins!!!
~ Brother Roy