David’s words in Psalm 36:9 ” In Your light we see light”, reminded me of a C.S Lewis quote. He said:
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
David’s words and C.S Lewis’ words capture a similar thought, that we don’t only benefit from God because of the direct effect He has on us, but also because by Him and His light we see everything else in it’s true light. We make sense of everything else.
God and His truth not only benefit us personally, directly, but they also give us a correct interpretation and philosophy of life in general.
There is so much to understand about God but also about the world He has made and all that is in it. We need a map, a guide to understand Him by, but also to understand life by at a grass roots level, where “the rubber hits the road” as it were, with all it’s joys and sorrows, its beauty and pain, its mysteries and challenges.
It’s as we interpret life through the perspective, the grid or paradigm of God’s Word and truth, that it makes sense and works. We gain true light and knowledge of situations and life, when we see them as God sees them, believing and embracing His commentary on whatever it might be.
Take marriage for example. It’s when we believe it to be what God defines it to be: a life long love commitment between one man and one woman empowered by their relationship with God, that it works. We get out of it what we should and benefit from it the way we should.
What about love, what’s that ? It’s when we believe it to be what God defines it to be ( 1 John 3:16-18): a verb rather than a noun, primarily an act of our will rather than a feeling or an emotional state. It’s when we view love that way we are empowered, and when we “do” love that way, ourselves and those around us, benefit from it rather than getting hurt by it.
Seeing life and living life in God’s light, has huge practical and very important implications.
As David so rightly said: In His light we see light.