Monday, May 15, 2017

A LAMP

Today’s┬áReading: 2 Kings 8

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

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 may not have 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).

 

9 thoughts on “Monday, May 15, 2017

  1. Amen to your prayer, David. Wishing all saints a blessed day in the Lord!

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

    “Here I Am, Lord (feat. Sarah Hart)” by John Michael Talbot
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcxOkht8w7c

    “Here I am Lord
    I, the Lord of sea and sky,
    I have heard My people cry.
    All who dwell in dark and sin,
    My hand will save.

    I who made the stars of night,
    I will make their darkness bright.
    Who will bear My light to them?
    Whom shall I send?

    Here I am Lord, Is it I Lord?
    I have heard You calling in the night.
    I will go Lord, if You lead me.
    I will hold Your people in my heart.

    I, the Lord of wind and flame,
    I will tend the poor and lame.
    I will set a feast for them,
    My hand will save

    Finest bread I will provide,
    Till their hearts be satisfied.
    I will give My life to them,
    Whom shall I send?

    Here I am Lord, Is it I Lord?
    I have heard You calling in the night.
    I will go Lord, if You lead me.
    I will hold Your people in my heart.”

  2. Thank you Pastor David for comments and prayer. Thank you Beverlee for scripture and beautiful song! Blessings on all you saints!

  3. Those oil lamps in the photo remind me of Dutch shoes…great photo..thanks for posting!

    I watched the interview of Debbie Boone, and enjoyed her singing on the link you posted…I also watched the TV program she was on the year she came to Toronto to do “Sound of Music” and enjoyed her then as well.

    Always appreciate your comments…and personal prayer, Pastor David!!

  4. Thank you, David & fam. Thanks for the links as well. A difficult prayer request was granted by God. A great relief. Thank You Lord.

  5. Praying for the needs of all saints but a special request now for prayer for pain relief for Sherry, for peace comfort and stillness in our Lord, Jesus Christ, and that she would know she is safe, wrapped in His loving arms. Thank you.

    • Father we come to You and ask that You would give relief to Sherry, remove the pain, we pray that You will heal her completely, we pray that she will feel Your presence, that she will know that You have Your loving arms wrapped around her and that she can rest and be thankful for no pain! Thank you
      Lord for the blessings of this day! amen

      • Amen Sah..Agreeing in prayer.for Sherry..and that the “Peace of God would guard her heart in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen!..

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