Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen on you.…
I. THE CHURCH HAS THE LARGEST SCOPE. Nations " come to her light, kings to the brightness of her rising." She is world-wide and universal.
II. THE CHURCH BEARS THE CLEAREST WITNESS. She "arises." She "shines." When she pulses and palpitates with the life of God, how impressive is her trumpet-call! It penetrates far. It arouses multitudes.
III. THE CHURCH DOES THE MOST GLORIOUS WORK. "Who are these that fly to her as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?" Her Lord in her saves and edifies His sons and daughters, convinces and converts and comforts.
IV. THE CHURCH ENJOYS THE MOST LASTING BLESSEDNESS. In His favour her King "has mercy on her." He never fails nor forsakes her. He leads her members just now in green pastures and by the waters of quietness. He will bring them by-and-by to the "Lovely city in a lovely land."
(A. Smellie, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.