For you will light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.
That which makes a candle what it is is its adaptation to receive light, and by burning itself to transmit that light. God is the great Light of this universe, and we know not of how many universes besides. "God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all." That is the one great central fact which keeps mankind from despair, — the assurance that at its heart the universe is not dark but bright; it is bright with wisdom, bright with power, and bright with love. It is man's supreme glory that he has this kinship with God. However dark his nature may have become through sin, it is of such a kind that it can be lighted from heaven's torch. There has never yet been discovered any man or any tribe of men who did not have this power or capacity to receive Divine illumination. Now, there is one thing to which I specially desire to call your attention, and that is that the candle, in order to receive the light from the match or the taper or the torch, must yield itself to the light. There is no way to shine except by burning ourselves. Though we were created as the candles of the Lord, we have the power to refuse to give our hearts up to be lighted by heaven's fire Indeed, we may, if we are foolish and wicked enough to do it, lend our hearts to be lighted by the devil's fire, and give forth a baleful flame that will make the darkness deeper not only for ourselves, but for everyone who is influenced by us. God will not forcibly take our candle and light it at the heavenly fire. We must yield it to His hands through our own decision.
(L. A. Banks, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.