Who is this that grows like the dawn,
As beautiful as the full moon,
As pure as the sun,
As awesome as an army with banners?
Song of Songs 6:10
When we started the Song, our maiden’s self assessment was, “I am dark, but lovely,” (1:5 NKJV) but today we find her blossoming into Christian maturity and she is anything but dark now.
Her light shines three ways.
First, she is like the dawning of the sun, light overwhelming darkness.
For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, - Colossians 1:13
As she rises in the East, those around her are captivated by her light, and drawn to her Shepherd King. Who can miss the transformation in a life given to the Lord?
I have known folks who make a profession of faith, and never really emerge from darkness. There are times I find myself drawn to the darkness. I feel the tug of my own lust drawing me toward the sin that schemes take me captive again to darkness.
But the most beautiful thing in those moments of temptation, those seasons of night, is to see the light of dawn breaking over that darkness. When a daughter or son of the king shines before me as the morning light, I again see my calling, hope rises with that sun, and I rise out of the darkness.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
Two things we know about the moon.
First, the moon is light that shines in the darkness.
Last month we had a glorious harvest moon, and you needed no other light to function outside. You could walk down dark paths with no need for added illumination. The Moon at it’s brightest is sufficient light to find the way.
The Moon get’s its light from the Sun, mealy reflected light. It doesn’t generate light, but mirrors the radiance that comes from Earth’s own heavenly light.
The maiden reflects the glory and majesty of her Shepherd King and Lord. He is the light of the world.
So He is the light of the world, but He instructs us to shine. He is not simply the source of our light as we reflect, but like candles, He puts His light within us and sends us out to shine in the darkness.
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. - Matthew 5:16
See the Lord’s amazing wisdom here:
YOU shine so people see YOUR good works.
Often I hear that shining is doing good works, but that’s not what Jesus said, He said SHINE so people see your good works and when they see that good things YOU have done in such a SHINY manner, they will glorify Our Father!
Why would God get the glory and not me? If I am doing the good works, isn’t it going to glorify me?
1 – You will be way to shiny for a mere mortal – you have been lit on fire with God’s light. That flame on your head has clearly been installed by the Father of Lights.
2 – Your works will be the glorious and wonderful works:
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. - Ephesians 2:10 NASB
No one could look at the works you were intended to do and think they were natural works. The works God has for you are supernatural.
Things like loving your spouse, loving your neighbor, loving your enemy, loving your children, loving your boss. SHINY stuff like that.
The shiny part is your character - or should I say your Nature - your new nature - your super-nature. This instruction to shine follows on the heals of the Beatitudes, where we learn the progression of the Christian walk - the stairway to maturity you might way.
So today the Lord says:
Shine My sister, My bride, My son, My friend, My child, Shine.
Shine in the darkness, rise in the morning, and burn with the fire I have place within you.