Alamo Heights Christian Church
Monday, August 21, 2017

Pastor's Moment

From the Pastor’s Corner .. .. ..

Rev. Ed Palow 

                                                              Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

Amy Grant made a hit song from this and many people think she is the only one to sing it. This song was sung as a hymn from their hymn book in 1858 by the Plymouth Sabbath School (seventh day Adventists). Several denominations had included it in their hymnals by 1900 including the Baptist, Methodist, and the A.M.E. Zionist groups. Amy did a great job. Just think, David the King of Israel sang this song of praise three thousand years before Amy was born.

Definition of Lamp by Merriam-Webster:
1. any of various devices furnishing artificial light, as by electricity or gas.
2. a container for an inflammable liquid, as oil, which is burned at a wick as a means of illumination.
3. a source of intellectual or spiritual light: the lamp of learning.
4. any of various devices furnishing heat, ultraviolet, or other radiation: an infrared lamp.
         “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.’” John 8:1 John 1:1 “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” John 9:5

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matt. 5:14-16

When I think of these verses I usually recall and sing the children’s little song “This little light of mine.” I visualize a child holding a small candle. “hide it under a bushel, NO!” Not while we are in our church, but ….in public????

The Psalmist must have walked in the dark of night and in some rough places to need a lamp for his feet yet he knew how important it was to see the pathway before you to plan for any needed turns or stops. In his day, a torch or an oil lamp would have been used. If journey was long, additional oil for the lamp might be needed. The importance of enough oil was given to us by Jesus in His parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25. The lamp/light of the Tabernacle or the Temple was attended to all night by the priest so the light could never go out. Since the Ascension of Jesus, Christians are the light of the world to draw all men to God.

To enlighten might mean to shed light on a path or a spot or a subject. It could mean to explain, to point out, or help with knowledge or wisdom. We may have heard the phrase “enlighten me”. A mom, dad, caregiver, daycare worker, Sunday School teacher or even peers provide much enlightenment to a person and not even be aware of it. May they only remember the good, important messages we share.

We cannot give light of any type if we do not have light. A lamp needs additional oil, a flashlight needs fully charged batteries and perhaps backup batteries as well. How much fuel do we have? Is there enough for the dark times in our life? Do we go daily to the Lord for fresh power for our light? As we share our light are we willing to let others bless us with their light? Do not be like the foolish virgins of the parable of Christ. Let us rejoice with the children as we sing: “This Little Light of Mine.”

Pastor Ed