Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy.
Though I fall I will rise;
Though I dwell in darkness, the Lord is a light for me.
– Micah 7:8 NASB
The Old Testament prophets – whether their writings were long or short – worked independently. They were not consulting with each other; rather, they were each consulting individually with God. They were usually separated from each other geographically – though all lived in some part of Israel – as well as chronologically – sometimes by centuries. The fact that these prophets all pointed the same direction when it came to Messiah strengthened the message about Messiah to ancient folks, and to us as well.
Like all the prophets, Micah wrote centuries before Jesus was born. Yet see his hope when he writes, “Though I fall I will rise.” He is, in effect, prophesying his own resurrection. How could Micah have a hope for a life beyond this one? God gave it to him. For this reason, Micah says, “Though I dwell in darkness, the Lord is a light for me.”
Another prophet – David – used similar imagery when he wrote of hoping in the Lord for a life beyond this one:
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me…
– Psalm 23:4 NASB
Micah dwelling in darkness and David walking through the valley of the shadow of death both are evoking the depressing aspect of the death that can come to all who dwell on earth. Many people give in to this darkness and live as if what’s on this side of death is the only life we will ever have.
Micah would not give in to the darkness, for he said “The Lord is a light for me.” Neither would David give in to that darkness, for he said, “The Lord is my light” (Psalm 27:1). How bright is the light that is the Lord? He’s “the sun of righteousness” (Malachi 4:2).
Some days carry more darkness than others, but the Lord is our light every day. And even if He is momentarily eclipsed from our sight, His corona is there. That is, He is bigger than darkness.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord Jesus, You are “the light of the world,” and that means you are my light. When circumstances close in around me, even when I face a situation without hope, I know You are my hope. I will therefore see You today even when I can’t see You…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.