THE NOONDAY SUN
“(God) will make your righteousness shine like the noonday sun”.
Ps 37:6 GNB
We sometimes refer to people who are obviously happy and positive as having “a sunny disposition”. They are a pleasure to have around. They seem to be heavily outnumbered by the doom-jonahs who spread misery and pessimism whenever they open their mouths.
The poet of Psalm 37 was a man of deep faith and wide experience. He had seen that a strong faith in God tended to make people positive, hopeful and sensible. He had watched as believers surmounted difficulties, held on despite overwhelming odds, and came through lean periods stronger and deeper in their convictions. Moreover they were more caring and sensitive to others’ sufferings. He had witnessed, and probably known himself, “that confident joy of having peace of mind and refuge in God which fills the life of the godly person with sunshine. That person’s life is sustained by the hope that God’s salvation will rise over him like the sun, and that his just cause, which, after all, is nothing other than the cause of God, will triumph” (A. Weiser, The Psalms, p317).
The Christian disciple will shine too, if, in the darkest night of human degradation he or she knows the presence and power of Jesus. Christians sing for joy when things are at their worst. They hold when others are breaking. They quietly move forward when other people are so confused and fearful that they don’t know which way to go. They hope when others have given in to despair. They care for others when caring costs time, effort and patience. Like Mother Theresa they go into places where there is darkness and suffering and bring light and relief. Wherever they go, God shines through them.
Lord, help my faith to shine in others’ darkness.