Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A LAMP

Suggested Reading: 2 Kings 8

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On display at the Convent of the Sisters of Zion in the Old City of Jerusalem on the Via Delarosa are several oil lamps from ancient times.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: 2 Kings 8:19

Yet the Lord would not destroy Judah, for the sake of His servant David, as He promised him to give a lamp to him and his sons forever.

The writer of these words in our reading must have caught a faint glimpse of the glory that was to come, that of Jesus, son of David. He spoke prophetically when he wrote that God had promised David a lamp, for Jesus is the light of the world, a light that shines more brightly than many lamps. Consider the statements of Jesus before and after His “I am the light of the world” declaration (John 8:1-20). The hymn, “Amazing Grace” gets it right: “I…was blind but now I see.” In Christ we’ve moved out of the darkness into the light.
In yesterday’s reading, the servant of Elisha, Gehazi, became a leper. We considered the possibility that Gehazi may have been one of the lepers who said, “We are not doing what is right. This is a day of good news and we remain silent” (2 Kings 7:9). He may have repented and the leprosy healed, because here we see him back in his job as Elisha’s assistant. This is speculation, as we are not told the details. God’s mercy “endures forever.” We are told this 26 times in the 26 verses of Psalm 136.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, You light up my life. I pray for grace to always walk in the light as You are in the light (1 John 1:7). In Your bright and shining Name I pray, Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’ll never forget the morning that Debbie Boone appeared on 100 Huntley Street in the late 80’s. Her hit song “You Light Up My Life” had been at the top of the pop charts. She was in Toronto in a stage production where she was playing the part of Maria Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music.” As we entered into our prayer time before going to air, Debbie sobbed, saying to the Lord, “It’s been so long, so long Lord.” She was experiencing the presence of the Lord in our Green Room as we knelt in prayer, and with her busy schedule, even though she knew Jesus as her Saviour, she had not taken the time to let His Light permeate her daily experience. I trust I’m not being too repetitive when I write again…Jesus changes everything! I pray again, “Lord Jesus, I throw open the blinds that hide or dim Your Light. I see You Jesus! Shine Jesus shine!” As the Scriptures say, “But we see Jesus who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:9).

Yours for Jesus our “Lamp,”

David

P.S. Here’s a video of Debbie Boone when she came back to 100 Huntley Street in the mid-90’s. At the beginning of the interview with Lorna Dueck (after she sings), Debbie shares who she was thinking of each time she sang “You Light Up My Life” (click here).

 

19 thoughts on “Wednesday, May 15, 2013

  1. Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet, And a light to my path.”

    The cross is a lightening rod of grace that short-circuits God’s wrath to Christ so that only the light of His love remains for believers.
    – A.W. Tozer

  2. Amen the scripture you wrote came to my mind before I even
    read it. Debbie Boon is a wonderful singer I knew her name or her fathers
    but I didn’t know who they were. Thank you David and Renold for your
    pictures I love them
    Lianne Hogg

  3. One of my favourite metaphors to describe Christians is a snowflake. Snowflakes do not produce light, but when light shines upon them they sparkle. No two snowflakes are like just as each Christian is different from the other- but when snowflakes gather together they form a blanket of snow that covers everything–just as Christians united blanket the world with God’s love. Snowflakes fall gently, but put a little wind into the mix- they are fierce– and put a little wind of the Holy Spirit in Christians, they too can be a force to be reckon with. So my fellow snowflakes may the Light shine on you and may the Wind make you bold– have a great day.

    • That is amazing Donna and now when I see snowflakes I will be reminded of this beautiful scene !!!!

      Blessings to you.

    • Dear Donna Will want to share your beautiful defenition of being a christian with my church and in the same token my own facebook that I pray will shake all those who need shaking in Jesus’Name Amen
      xxx Carole

      • That image came to me a long time ago while I was praying, I have always thought of it as being from the Holy Spirit– so to see the image spread beyond me, just confirms what I suspected— — it is all for His Glory- whoever it is meant to see it will see it. Amen

  4. Men see not the bright light which is in the clouds. Job 37:21

    From Streams in the Desert, 1, by Cowan, May 15, pp. 159-60:

    “The world owes much of its beauty to cloudland. The unchanging blue of the Italian sky hardly compensates for the changefulness and glory of the clouds. Earth would become a wilderness apart from their ministry. There are clouds in human life, shadowing, refreshing, and sometimes draping it in blackness of night; but there is never a cloud without its bright light. ‘I do set my bow in the cloud!’

    “If we could see the clouds from the other side where they lie in billowy glory, bathed in the light they intercept, like heaped ranges of Alps, we should be amazed at their splendid magnificence.

    “We look at their underside; but who shall describe the bright light that bathes their summits and searches their valleys and is reflected from every pinnacle of their expanse? Is not every drop drinking in health-giving qualities, which it will carry to earth?

    “O child of God! If you could see your sorrows and troubles from the other side; if instead of looking up at them from earth, you would look down on them from the heavenly places where you sit with Christ; if you knew how they are reflecting in prismatic beauty before the gaze of heaven, the bright light of Christ’s face, you would be content that they should cast their deep shadows over the mountain slopes of existence. Only remember that clouds are always moving and passing before God’s cleansing wind.”

    “I cannot know why suddenly the storm
    Should rage so fiercely round me in its wrath:
    But this I know–God watches all my path,
    And I can trust.

    I may not draw aside the mystic veil
    That hides the unknown future from my sight,
    Nor know it for me waits the dark or light;
    But I can trust.

    I have no power to look across the tide,
    To see while here the land beyond the river;
    But this I know–I shall be God’s forever;
    So I can trust.”

  5. Thanks and praise to God that He has
    removed the scales from our eyes and HE LIGHTS UP OUR LIVES.

    I love Debbie Boone’s song and it is one that can be sung to OUR LORD and to someone special……I played it to my hubby on our 25th. Anniversary and every year since ( now 45 years). Praising God for lighting up our lives and continuing every day by His Amazing Grace.
    Blessings for today David and fellow buddies in he Lord!

  6. Tank you all fellow bloggers , to all who not feeling wll, and all who are under the weather my prayers are with you God bless you all …..R…

  7. Dear David and precious fellow bloggers
    I am left speechless by so much of Gods love in each of your comments .
    It comes to my mind to give you a little exert of one of my favorite song from the movie Corrina Corrina ; ‘ This little light of mine , Im going to let it shine ,let it shine ,let it shine ”
    Have a blessed day.

  8. Wow, great scripture reading, thank you each one for yours comments.
    Psa.27:1 says The Lord is my light and my salvation:Whom shall I fear? the Lord is the defense of my life.Whom shall I dread? God Bless!!!!

  9. Thank you David and fellow bloggers for your comments. This blog continues to be such a blessing to me. Am away from my home at my sister’s at present. God bless you all.

  10. So wonderful to be in all your company!! Such “Like” thinkers!!

    David: Would you have a picture of a lit lamp, so I can see how they work? Does the flame come out the spout?

    God’s Blessing on you!!

    Nancy

  11. That song by Debbie Boone was our first song we danced to at our wedding, it has been 34 yrs of wedded bliss.I am trying to catch up with the study, I enjoy reading all the comments. Praise God for all his blessings on such a beautiful day. Adele

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