Music Notes - July 17
“Let the lower lights be burning…”
Psalm 27 begins with these words: “The Lord is my light and my salvation.” We know that the word of God is lamp to our feet and a light to our paths. Many times in scripture we are reminded that God is our light. But to echo a theme from last week’s “Music Notes” we too have to be lights (we are blessed to be a blessing).
There is an old spiritual entitled, “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning.”
It was inspired by Luke 12: vs. 34-36 which says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning. Then you will be like servants waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks, they can open the door for him at once.” A phrase from this song says, “children don’t get weary, the time is drawing nigh.” Sometimes we do become weary and feel like just resting for a little while. But that rest stop could be at the very time that we could make a positive difference.
Years ago a lighthouse keeper who had lit the lighthouses for years along the shore of Lake Erie decided that evening that he would take a little time off. That night a horrible storm hit and a ship was destroyed. Even though the lighthouse keeper had been dedicated for years to lighting those lights, he chose that evening not to do so. This tragic story inspired Philip Bliss to right the hymn, “Let the Lower Lights Be Burning.”
I realize in this day and time that most of us may not be personally responsible for something this tragic. On the other hand, as Christians we may realize that the loss of the soul of a human being is even more tragic. I pray that we can keep our lamps lit both for ourselves and for others as well. God’s light never goes out.
I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.