Dressed in Light

Daily Reform, Psalm 104:1-3

From the Reformer

Since the perfection of blessedness consists in the knowledge of God, he has been pleased, in order that none might be excluded from the means of obtaining felicity, not only to deposit in our minds that seed of religion of which we have already spoken, but so to manifest his perfections in the whole structure of the universe, and daily place himself in our view, that we cannot open our eyes without being compelled to behold him. His essence, indeed, is incomprehensible, utterly transcending all human thought; but on each of his works his glory is engraven in characters so bright, so distinct, and so illustrious, that none, however dull and illiterate, can plead ignorance as their excuse. Hence, with perfect truth, the Psalmist exclaims, “He covereth himself with light as with a garment” (Ps 104:2); as if he had said, that God for the first time was arrayed in visible attire when, in the creation of the world, he displayed those glorious banners, on which, to whatever side we turn, we behold his perfections visibly portrayed.

—John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion

Pulling It Together

He had served God as a pastor of a couple of churches for fifteen years. Then there were no more churches given him to serve. He was stripped of the familiar trappings of what it meant to him to be a Christian; now he had to depend on Christ alone instead of his service to Christ. The same thing happened to the disciples. Those who were closest to Jesus suddenly saw him transfigured before him. (Mark 9:2-3) They no longer knew how to act around him and did not know what to do with him or for him. This often happens to those who have been journeying closely with God for a long time. One day, they feel that they have become alone in the darkness when suddenly, God comes to them in a new, dazzling way, as though he were dressed in light, so that they are reminded that they “know in part” and as yet, do not fully comprehend the brilliance of God. (1Cor 13:9-10) But in that moment  they discover that they know him, though not yet fully, better than before.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers

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