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Light That Is Sown?

I just wanted to share a thought for the day…

 “For thou, LORD, [art] high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods. Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserves the souls of his saints; he delivers them out of the hand of the wicked. Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.” – Psalm 97:9-12 KJV

There is a curious phrase here that caught my attention recently. It is the phrase “light is sown for the righteous”. 

How can light be sown? What is the Holy Spirit communicating here? My analysis will only be cursory at best since I am not a Hebrew scholar. What I do know is that these verses are an example of Hebrew pentameter. It is a form of Hebrew poetry where one thought embellishes or completes a previous thought.

In this case the phrase:” Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.” is a completive parallel giving expression to a benefit of faith in the one, true God in contrast to those that serve graven images.

So, as I understand it, the completive parallel is like a matching quiz where ‘Light is sown’ is completed with ‘gladness’; then ’the righteous’ is completed with ‘the upright (or steadfast) in heart’. 

It is an uncommon thought to think that light is something that can be planted or sown. We know that there is energy in light that is transferred to the soil and absorbed by seeds/plants, but not something that itself is a seed capable of producing more seed. Perhaps agronomists and farmers can help us out with this.

However if we are to apply this metaphorically, we find the thought that illumination will produce greater illumination and this will make the heart seeking after God to be gladdened or full of joy.

This immediately jogs our memory banks to think of that verse that says something about ‘faith to faith’…wait I have it…

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” – Romans 1:16-17 KJV

So the gospel of Christ is not something that brings shame to the believer but the opposite of that – which would be Joy. This brings to mind something that may or may not be a good illustration of this…

My mother used to have a dog that she acquired from an animal shelter. It was a dog that had obviously been mistreated as a pup and she was very timid. Whoever had owned her before was obviously ashamed of the dog and had no use for her so she was dropped off at the shelter where she was scheduled to be put down if no home was found for her.

When my mother saw her, she immediately fell in love. My mom had lost my dad a few years earlier and because of sickness had to put down the two dogs that they owned together. 

So, after that string of emotional losses in her life, this new dog ended up bringing her a lot of joy for many years.

I still remember how that dog sat for hours at my mothers feet and looked lovingly up at my mother while she was being gently petted by her.

Perhaps that is not an appropriate comparison to the Word of God but that thought just brought tears to my eyes. Not only because of the memory of my mother but because it reminds me of the joy that I have when I remember just how extraordinary our God is. This remembrance of His holiness just means that there really is none like Him. 

It is not lost on us why the Lord Jesus is called the Word of God. He is God’s perfect revelation of Himself. What joy is ours as His righteousness is revealed to us from faith to faith in His written Word! 

So, it is like light that is sown causing our eyes to be opened to the power of God’s Salvation. When this happens, our hearts yield an increased desire to receive more of Him. Like seed planted in the ground, God’s revelation of Himself yields a multiplied revelation of Himself. 

Truly, Light that is sown for those that are made righteous in Christ yields a bountiful harvest of joy!

Thank the Lord for springtime!


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