Psalm 104:1-2 – Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:
Have you ever tried to look at the sun? They say that if you look at the sun too long you could permanently damage you eyes. This is very believable. It is so bright that even glancing at it dazes our eyes. The brightness of the morning sun slows traffic and scorches the desert. It is powerful and potentially dangerous to the unwise.
On the other hand, the light and warmth of the bright star at the center of our solar system makes life possible on the Earth. The beauty of the light we enjoy from the sun also reveals the world around us in all its wonder and ugliness. Our physical dependence upon on the sun therefore cannot be easily overstated.
Similarly, when we consider the Light of the Lord God, we realize that we indeed cannot overstate our dependence upon God and His illuminating Truth and Love. Even further, Christians understand that Jesus Christ is the embodiment of these attributes of God among others as the Son. In fact, Jesus is “the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:3).
By the intimate testimony of the Apostle John we know that Jesus is not merely a creation of God. He is the embodiment or manifestation of the Word of God, coexistent and coequal (John 1:1). By His Word we make our way in life. He is the Lamp and the Light.
So the next time you see the sun rise, think of Jesus as He perfectly demonstrates the Light of God. He is powerful and dangerous to the unwise but very God to them that believe.