Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship - Day 26
FATHER OF LIGHTS
Father of love, Father of lights
Let your love fall, let it shine bright
READ PSALM 27:1-5 AND ISAIAH 60:19-22
Creating an up-tempo worship song can be quite the challenge. It is really difficult to come up with music that sets the right tone, and when you get that, it is even harder to write words that are believable. It is very easy for a song to go to the "cheesy" place (and nobody wants that), but I think we might have found the right balance with "Father of Lights.” I heard the potential the first time we worked on it and it was fun to see it come to life in the studio. "Father of Lights" is rapidly becoming one of my favorite THIRD DAY songs.
I think it has something to do with my lifelong fascination with lights. When I was a kid, I spent many a summer night in the backyard, looking up at the stars through a little telescope. You can't look up at all those little points of light, millions of miles away, and not think about the big questions of life. One of my prized possessions when I was little was a Navy flashlight my Dad brought me home from a trip with the National Guard. Probably my favorite December tradition to this day is driving around marveling at all the Christmas lights.
It's no wonder, then, that some of my favorite Bible passages are those where God is described in terms of light. In Psalm 27, He is the light of salvation. In the prophecy of Isaiah 60:19-22, the Israelites would no longer need the sun or the moon because God would become their “everlasting light.” In John 1, Jesus is described as the "Light of the World.” I liked that last passage so much that I wrote a song about it on our Christmas album.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. - John 1:1-5
The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. - John 1:9
Light is literally everywhere. Light is a powerful metaphor, perhaps because it is such an important part of our lives. It is used in many ways to describe other intangible, yet important aspects of life. We describe love in terms of light all the time. Love is referred to as a fire in the heart, and relationships are described as flames.
There are countless songs referring to love as a light, a candle, or a fire. Light is also used to describe knowledge. When you learn something, you are enlightened. The universal symbol in comic books for somebody making a mental connection is a light bulb over the head. Light can be a universal symbol for goodness. We often talk about shining a light on evils in the world. Somebody who does good in the world is described as a point of light. George Bush even centered a successful run for President on this idea!
Let’s never forget that the true light of the world is Jesus Christ.
You are the Father of love, you are the Father of lights, and I pray that your love would fall all around me and your light would shine brightly in my life and out from my life. I pray that through your presence in my life, I would be able to radiate grace and truth to all around me.
In Jesus’ name I pray,
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