Light! see also:
Magnifying God as Light and for Light!
NUN – stanza 14 – vs.105-112
Introduction: O how we need light for guidance in the darkness!
“Lead, kindly light, amid the encircling gloom, lead thou me on. The night is dark, and I am far from home, lead thou me on. Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see the distant scene; one step enough for me.”
John Henry Newman (1801) as quoted by C. H. S.
1. Provision of the light – vs.105
2. Promises concerning the light – vs.106
3. Power of the light – vs.107
4. Prayer concerning the light – vs.108
5. Perseverance in the light – vs.109
6. Protection in the light – vs.110
7. Praise for the light – vs.111
8. Preparation for the light – vs.112
“Ver. 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” (C. H. Spurgeon).