Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty. O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name (Psalm 74:20-21).
The Hebrew word translated “earth” in the scripture above also refers to world or nations. The dark places of the earth or of the nations are places where cruelty and wickedness have found a breeding ground. They refer to injurious and m`alevolent lands and environments; places governed by agents of darkness and the principalities of evil.
God’s answer to the cries coming from these dark regions is first, His Word. He sent His Word in the Person of Jesus. Psalm 107:20 says, “He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” John 1:14 says the Word became flesh, and dwelt amongst us. God’s solution was packaged in the Man, Christ Jesus, who came as the Saviour and Light of the world. However, after His crucifixion, burial and resurrection, He ascended to heaven, commissioning us, the Church, to continue the work that He started.
Isaiah 53:10 says, “…he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.” We’re His seed, and through us He heals, delivers, and saves today. We’re His light in a dark world. When Jesus came, He said, “…I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). Then in Matthew 5:14, He said concerning us, “Ye are the light of the world….”
The dark places of the earth might have been filled with the habitations of cruelty, but you’re the one to do something about it. You’re the solution to the darkness in the world. No wonder He says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
Good works are the works of Christ in salvation, healing and deliverance. As we all carry out these good works in our respective spheres of contact, evil, darkness, wickedness and unrighteousness will recede, and the glory and light of God will fill our lands.
I’m the light of the world, and my light shines ever so brightly. I bring peace, harmony, deliverance, and righteousness to men’s lives everywhere, because I’m the seed of Jesus Christ, His partner in soul-winning. Through the help of the Holy Spirit, I’m turning men and women from darkness to light, and to become partakers of God’s grace and love, in Jesus’ Name. Amen!
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
1 Samuel 16-17
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