Yesterday afternoon, while praying with some colleagues about matters totally unrelated the diocese of South Carolina, I sensed the Lord draw my attention to Ps. 36:9 “In Your light we see light” as something very important to pray for Bishop Mark Lawrence and the Diocese of South Carolina.
I understood that Scripture to mean that it is important for diocesan leaders to be extremely diligent to be “walking in the light” and staying in close fellowship with Christ in these days: through
self-examination, confession, repentance, the Eucharist, submission to
leaders and spiritual directors, sitting under the Word, …. i.e.
everything they can do to “walk in the Light”…. that they will then “SEE light,” that God will make the way ahead clear as they submit themselves to Him and His word.
Here is the full text of Psalm 36:
1 An oracle is within my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes.
2 For in his own eyes he flatters himself too much to detect or hate his sin.
3 The words of his mouth are wicked and deceitful; he has ceased to be wise and to do good.
4 Even on his bed he plots evil; he commits himself to a sinful course and does not reject what is wrong.
5 Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.
6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O LORD, you preserve both man and beast.
7 How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.
8 They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights.
9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
10 Continue your love to those who know you, your righteousness to the upright in heart.
11 May the foot of the proud not come against me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12 See how the evildoers lie fallen– thrown down, not able to rise! (NIV)
Lord Jesus, may Bishop Mark Lawrence and all the diocesan leaders in South Carolina rejoice in You as their fountain of life today, as the wellspring of truth and joy. May Your light be their light as they stay in close fellowship with You, being quick to throw off any sin that hinders or entangles. You promise that Your Word is a lamp to our feet, a light to our path. Enlighten the eyes, minds, hearts and path of Bishop Lawrence and all in the diocese of South Carolina. As they meditate on Your Word would Your light flood their hearts and guide their steps. In Your light that the darkness can never overcome, may they see light, light that brings clarity and truth in the midst of confusion and obfuscation. Amen.