The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple (Psalm 119:130).
I’ll like you to observe what the entrance of God’s words brings: “light.” The Hebrew word translated “light” in the opening verse is “’or”; and it means to make luminous or lambent; to shine, to be glorious, to kindle or to set on fire. It also alludes to coming from the dark nights and breaking into a new day.
Therefore, what this verse is saying is that the entrance of God’s Word into your heart will make you luminous or shine; your life will be like the dawning of the morning and glorious. Hallelujah!
Observe that I didn’t say the entrance of the Word will illuminate you, but that it’ll make you luminous. Even though these two words are often used in related contexts, they have distinct meanings and connotations. To illuminate something means to shine light on it and to make it brighter and more visible. That’s different from being luminous which means emitting light to be radiant or shiny, glowing or effulgent.
When something is described as luminous, it means it has the quality of producing or reflecting light. The entrance of the Word makes you glow; you become a burning and a shining light—you produce from within you such brightness, radiance and brilliance of the Spirit!
It brings to mind the Lord’s testimony of John the Baptist whom He described in John 5:35 as a burning and a shining light: “He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.” Let the Word get into you; feed on the Word; it’ll shine through you.
Dear Father, your Word is the true light that lights my heart. Through diligent study and constant meditation on the Word, my heart is flooded with light and I shine forth with such intensity, glowing ever so brightly, radiating your goodness and exhibiting your kindness and graciousness to my world, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
1-year bible reading plan
Romans 6:1-14; Psalms 56-59
2-year bible reading plan
Luke 12:22-34; Judges 7