As the creator of everything, and the giver of all good things on earth, the "Father of Lights" shines brighter than all else. He alone is worthy of our praise.
FATHER OF LIGHTS
Father of truth, Father of grace
Be with us now, fill this place
READ JAMES 1:16-20
James 1:16-17 serves as a great reminder about where our priorities as believers should be:
Don't be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift comes from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. - James 1:16-17
When we read this passage, it’s easy to cruise right past that first phrase - "Don’t be deceived…” - yet that is the key to understanding the scripture's intent. When we look at the things of this world, it is tempting to think that's all there is. It is very easy to fall into this trap, and think that the love we hear about in love songs and at the movie theatre is the ultimate love. We think that knowledge of the world is the ultimate knowledge, or that doing good for its own sake has any merit, but we are all looking for something more.
It's all about perspective. James calls God the "father of the heavenly lights." While the Sun and the stars are amazing sights, God reigns supreme as the Creator of those things. The sense of wonder and awe I have when looking at the night sky should be just a small reflection of the worship that God deserves.
Our song, "Father of Lights," talks about this worship. As the creator of everything, and the giver of all good things on earth, He shines brighter than all else, and He alone is worthy of our praise. The tone of the song is joyous, reflecting the happy attitude of heart we have when we place God above everything else in our lives.
As believers, we are called to give God the glory he deserves, and when we do so, we can enjoy the things of this world in their proper place. We can love with a higher love than the world can provide, we can live out of a knowledge that surpasses any other, and we can do good deeds in acts of service to our Heavenly Father. Our lives will be better for it, and we can shine our light out into the world.
Use these words adapted from the lyrics of “Father of Lights:”
You alone deserve the honor and the glory.
You alone deserve all my praise, so I worship you and you alone.
Great and marvelous are your deeds Oh Lord, God Almighty.
Just and true are your ways, so I praise you and you alone.
I magnify your name, I lift you up and praise.
I magnify your name Lord, God Almighty.
(Days 26 and 27 written by Mark Lee of THIRD DAY)