Light Dawns in Darkness

Bible Reading:
Psalms about Righteousness and Wickedness Psalm 76; 82; 84; 90; 92; 112; 115

"Praise the Lord. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in his commands.... Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man. Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice.... He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord" (112:1, 4-5, 7). "O Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you" (84:12).

Just as I am sure that the sun will rise each morning, Lord, make me confident that you will break through each dark night with a ray of hope and bring the dawn of a new day (112:4; Hosea 6:3). As I delight in your word, which "is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path" (Ps. 119:105), let me reflect your grace and compassion to others until your light also cuts through their darkness and illumines their way. Develop goodness, generosity and integrity in me as I strive to live a life that honors you and blesses others. May your "constant care" of me "make a deep impression on all who see it" (112:6 LB). May I see it too, and be deeply impacted by it! As I shape my worries into prayers, let the awareness of your loving care settle securely on my mind and flood me with your peace (Philip. 4:6-7). Make my heart steady and secure, unafraid of what the future may hold because I am trusting in you (112:7-8; 84:12). Nestled safely in your strong, gentle hands – "O Lord Almighty," God of the universe, lover of my soul - why should I fear?