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Send Your Light

Oh, send out Your light and Your truth!  Let them lead me; let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your tabernacle.  Psalm 43:3

Psalm forty-three is another chapter in which the psalmist is petitioning God for help in a time of trouble. His enemies, the ungodly nations and the deceitful and the unjust, are at work to oppress him. 

But there’s something else at work as well. Apparently the psalmist has become lost. Whether it’s a situation his own waywardness got himself into and now his oppressors are taking advantage of, or whether he’s lost as a result of becoming disoriented by the maneuverings of his enemies isn’t clear, but it is clear that our poet is calling out to God to come and lead him to safety. 

“Oh, send out Your light and Your truth!  Let them lead me; let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your tabernacle.”

A lot of the difficulties we find ourselves stuck in are made worse by the fact that we’re far from home and all the support and resources we have there. It’s true that plenty of troubles find us at home, but it’s also true that we’re never more likely to be helpless and in need of rescue than when troubles make their appearance when we’re on the road. 

“Oh, send out Your light and Your truth!”

In this plea our psalmist reveals that his greatest need is for direction. He doesn’t know which way to turn. He’s lost in the darkness with no reference point to guide him. He needs light. He needs something he can trust to lead him. 

Later, in Psalm 119, David will write that the word of God is a “lamp unto his feet and a light unto his path.”  God has given us both light and truth in his word, the Bible. Too often we neglect it. We don’t study it so that we can know, and because we don’t know we become lost and confused. Friends, to neglect knowledge provided because we’re too lazy or distracted to take the time to learn it, has the same result as outright rejecting it. We’re still ignorant and we’re still vulnerable to becoming lost and we’re still unprotected in the event of an attack.

Everyday, whether we’re at home and at peace or whether we’re lost on the road of life, our prayer should be, “Oh, send out Your light and Your truth!  Let them lead me; let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your tabernacle.”

God wants to bring us home. He wants to bring us all to him. He’s just a prayer away. 

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