The title of Aaron Shust’s new album ‘Morning Rises’ is taken from a line in the song ‘God of Brilliant Lights’:
“The God of brilliant lights is shining down over us.
Breaking through the darkness
Covering all the earth
Ooh, His love is like an ocean,
Ooh, forever overflowing,
The God of brilliant lights is shining over us.
Like the morning rises
God, Your light is shining.” (‘God of Brilliant Lights’, Aaron Shust & Scott Cash)
The idea, however, is rooted in Scripture:
“Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.” (Hosea 6:3 TNIV)
“And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” (Luke 1:76-79 TNIV)
Sometimes it’s very easy to dwell on the circumstances around us and to feel overwhelmed by them. It’s always good, however, to dwell on the hope that we have in Christ and to remember that ‘weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.’ (Ps 30:5) We can’t change our circumstances necessarily, but we can choose our response: “Regardless of the circumstances, the response that is necessary is praise. It’s life-giving to us when we choose to praise.” (quote by Aaron Shust in the All About Worship interview.)