The human spirit isa] the lamp of the Lord
that sheds light on one’s inmost being.
This is our conscience which bears witness that the law of God is written on our hearts (Romans 2:15). God has placed within all of us – those inhabited by God’s Spirit and those who are not – his inner moral compass, or, as this proverb notes, his inner moral lamp that searches our thoughts and actions. This is why everyone is without excuse in their rejection of God’s law. We all know better, however much we may protest to the contrary.
Such a truth puts into perspective those who are most “moral.” Their very interest in doing what is right betrays the fact that they know there is a God who requires righteousness; and yet they cannot bring themselves to acknowledge his existence; or if they believe he exists, then to acknowledge his rights over them; or if they believe he has such rights, then to believe in him as he demands – through Jesus Christ; or if they profess to believe in Christ, they nevertheless do not acknowledge is true work on the cross – to save sinners like them who cannot save themselves.
And then there are those of us who profess all these things about God and about Christ; who acknowledge our dependence upon our Lord and love for him; who profess obedience to him, but will not expose our darkest corners to God’s lamp. We fear too much what we will see. And so we will look at the sin we can “handle,” and congratulate ourselves for being severe with our sin.
Use the lamp for its purpose – to fully examine yourself. And use your inner lamp with that greater lamp – the Word of God – so that you might examine all your innermost parts with the clearest light. Are you afraid of what you will see? You will nothing that God does not know already exists. He sees you completely and loves you completely. Your spirit will find nothing that his Spirit has not already exposed. And that same Spirit is already at work within you to bring cleansing and light and hope.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice[b] goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is pure,
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.
11 By them your servant is warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can discern their own errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.
14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.