Friday, February 27, 2009

GOD'S WORD - A BLAZING FLAMBEAU
...by C.H. Spurgeon

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

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet. We are walkers through the city of this world, and we are often called to go out into its darkness; let us never venture there without the light giving word, lest we slip with our feet. Each man should use the word of God personally, practically, and habitually, that he may see his way and see what lies in it. When darkness settles down upon all around me, the word of the Lord, like a flaming torch, reveals my way. Having no fixed lamps in eastern towns, in old time each passenger carried a lantern with him that he might not fall into the open sewer, or stumble over the heaps of ordure which defiled the road. This is a true picture of our path through this dark world: we should not know the way, or how to walk in it, if Scripture, like a blazing flambeau, did not reveal it. One of the most practical benefits of Holy Writ is guidance in the acts of daily life: it is not sent to astound us with its brilliance, but to guide us by its instruction. It is true the head needs illumination, but even more the feet need direction, else head and feet may both fall into a ditch. Happy is the man who personally appropriates God's word, and practically uses it as his comfort and counsellor, -- a lamp to his own feet.

And a light unto my path. It is a lamp by night, a light by day, and a delight at all times. David guided his own steps by it, and also saw the difficulties of his road by its beams. He who walks in darkness is sure, sooner or later, to stumble; while he who walks by the light of day, or by the lamp of night, stumbleth not, but keeps his uprightness. Ignorance is painful upon practical subjects; it breeds indecision and suspense, and these are uncomfortable: the word of God, by imparting heavenly knowledge, leads to decision, and when that is followed by determined resolution, as in this case, it brings with it great restfulness of heart. This verse converses with God in adoring and yet familiar tones. Have we not something of like tenor to address to our heavenly Father? Note how like this verse is to the first verse of the first octave, and the first of the second and other octaves. The seconds also are often in unison. (Source: Spurgeon - The Treasury of David)

2 comments:

Rick Frueh said...

A layman named Edward Kimball helped lead DL Moody to Christ. J. Wilbur Chapman was converted at a Moody meeting. Billy Sunday was converted at a Chapman meeting. Mordecai Ham was converted at a Billy Sunday meeting. Billy Graham was converted at a Mordecai Ham meeting. And one insignificant night in 1975, in a small 10 x 10 room in my aunt’s house, the Holy Spirit spoke God’s Word through a television set, came into that room, opened my heart, and planted that powerful Word in my soul and a miracle occurred. A tremendous sinner was born again.

Not because of all those men, not because of the technology of television, and most certainly not because of any searching by the sinner, but all to the glory of God and His eternal Word. Forever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven!!

theoldadam said...

"Not because of all those men, not because of the technology of television, and most certainly not because of any searching by the sinner, but all to the glory of God and His eternal Word. Forever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven!!"

Amen, Rick!!