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Coming out of Darkness
78 Through the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us;
79 To give light to those who sit in darkness
and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace." (New King James Bible)
The verses quoted above are part of a Song of Rejoicing which was sung by the priest Zacharias, just after the birth of his son John the Baptist.
These verses talk about "the Dayspring from on high". Daysping is another name for sunrise. But this Dayspring is a person: Jesus Christ.
The birth of Jesus Christ would take place a few months after this song was sung by Zacharias.
Zacharias was letting us know that the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ would signal a new kind of sunrise for the people of the earth. This sunrise would bring us all out of a time of dark silence: a time when God had not spoken to people for a long time.
So really, "the Dayspring from on high" lets us know that the coming of the Lord Jesus would usher in a new dawn, when the tender mercy of God would be made available to human beings in a new and different way.
The Dayspring would show the tender mercy of God to everyone, but would be targeted at three particular groups of people:
a. those who sit in darkness
b. those in the shadow of death
c. those without direction in life, and thus who have no peace.
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
3 Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. (New King James Bible)
When we are in a dark time of life, human beings need to experience the tender mercy of God.
In the beginning, we notice that God was not happy with the darkness. So first, the Holy Spirit hovered in tender mercy over the messy situation, and then after God had commanded the light, He declared the light to be GOOD!
This Dayspring, the Lord Jesus Christ, would offer the light of God to all who are sitting in a dark place in their life. Sitting means that we are no longer moving forward positively with life. It's a kind of "I give up!" position.
Sometimes we get to a place in life where we just want to sit down and give up! We just want to watch life pass by because we've reached a place of stand-still.
When we get to that place, the Lord Jesus Christ, God's Dayspring, offers us new hope that we can get up again and make something positive of our life.
The Lord Jesus came to pour out upon us God's tender mercy so that we can get up and move forward again in hope.
But this moving forward will have one great difference from the kind of life we lived before: the Lord Jesus is calling us to walk forward in HIS light for our life. Maybe we slumped down in discouragement because we were walking in our own light or maybe in the light of someone else.
This hope that the Lord Jesus offers us, is the kind that means including HIM in every aspect of our life. This light means that everything in our life must be open to HIS scrutiny, and we must be prepared to make the changes HE requires in our lifestyle, so that He becomes our source of light and hope.
If you are willing to do this,
shut yourself in with God and pray as follows with your voice:
Loving heavenly Father,
I am discouraged and just sitting by the road of life, wondering why everything fell apart.
Today I have decided that I will allow YOU to shine the tender mercy of Your light into my life, so that I can have YOUR hope and get up and move forward with YOU.
Lord Jesus Christ, show me how to change my thoughts, words and actions so that YOU become the focus of my life and my hope.
I am willing to make the changes You require, so that I can walk constantly in Your light and purpose for me.
You are my Saviour and Lord, and I bow my will before You today.
Thank You for Your tender mercy lighting me up today with Your hope and peace.
I receive You and all You bring to me right now.
I love You, Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
See you again tomorrow, God willing
for a new thought about
Living in God's Will!