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You are my sunshine

Ah, sunshine. It's marvelous stuff. When we are happy, we walk on it. When it gets on our shoulder, it makes us kinda melancholy-happy. And when we are angry at the man, we tell it to go away.

But there is an even better way to see sunshine. Psalm 19 lays out a great lesson for us about sunshine and the Bible, and how we need to be connected to the shining light of God's Word.

David's great psalm tells us of the importance of Scripture. It's a very famous psalm, and rightly so, used often to help us understand the natural revelation of God in the heavens (verse 1). Other times, the psalm is used to make the point that the written revelation of God in the Bible is perfect, sure, right, and more valuable than gold (verses 7-10).

There is a specific structure to the psalm, with the first six verses speaking of natural revelation, the next five verses proclaiming the value of biblical revelation, and the final three verses showing us how to use the Word of God to combat sin's influences in our life.

But to really get to the point of this psalm, we need to talk about sunshine.

At the end of verse 4, while still talking about the heavens and how they reveal something of God's glory, David says, "In them (the heavens) God has mad a tent for the sun." In other words, God put the sun in the heavens and in the verses that follow, David uses the metaphor of a groom on his wedding day, leaving his chamber and following his course towards his wedding and his bride. The groom is the sun, rising from its place in the east, running its course across the sky, and finishing in the west, its daily goal. As the sun works its way from east to west, David says, "nothing is hidden from its heat."

Note in particular two little words: "in them"* in verse 4 and "hidden" in verse 6.

(*Footnote: Yeah, don't be picky. I know "in them" is two words, but it's only one word in the original.)

Then notice how these same two words are used again when David talks about our relationship to God's written revelation in verses 11-12: "And in them (the written commands of God) your servant is warned, in keeping them there is a big reward. Who can know all his sins, keep me innocent of my hidden faults."

There is a great comparison here, underlined by David's repetition of those two key words. We can sum up the point of the psalm by saying, "As the sun is in the heavens and nothing is hidden from its heat, so God's servant needs to be in the Word, so nothing is hidden in his life."

So the next time you see some sunshine, don't walk on it, don't let make you cry by getting in your eyes, and don't tell it to go away. Instead, remember how much we need to be connected to the Bible to keep our life on track.