A Lower Light Keeper

I’m not sure what brought the beloved hymn ‘Let The Lower Lights Be Burning’ to the forefront of my mind. I rather think it was the Holy Spirit nudging me to recommit to His calling on my life. The Lord called me to be His witness when I received Him as my Savior in my teens. Endeavoring to be obedient to His call, I have served as a pastor, evangelist, and missionary over the last 60 plus years. At 80, I am intent on finishing strong. I want to be His witness, a light for Him, until my final breath.

I know that Jesus is THE Light of the world. Scripture says, “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 8:12, NKJV). The ‘light of life’ has dwelt in me from the day of my new birth. He is the great Lighthouse that beams the Father’s love and mercy across the troubled sea.

But I also understand that He called me to be a light in this world. He said, “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(Matthew 5:14-16, NKJV). My calling is to let my ‘little light’ shine.

Songwriter Philip Bliss was traveling with the famous evangelist D.L. Moody. While preaching, Mr. Moody told a true story of a tragic shipwreck near Cleveland Harbor in which two hundred people lost their lives. Caught in a violent storm, the ship’s captain was trying to reach the safety of the harbor. The captain saw the great lighthouse of Cleveland Harbor, but he could not see the lower lights on the rocky shoreline. They had gone out. Without the lower lights, the ship missed the main channel and crashed into the rocks and sank. Mr. Moody then made an application from the story: “Brethren, the Master will take care of the great lighthouse of salvation, but it is our job to keep the lower lights burning to guide men safely to Him.” Later, Bliss penned the words of the hymn – ‘Let The Lower Lights Be Burning’:

            Brightly beams our Father’s mercy from his lighthouse evermore,
            But to us He gives the keeping of the lights along the shore.

            Let the lower lights be burning, send a gleam across the wave;
            Some poor fainting struggling seaman, you may rescue, you may save
.

            Dark, the night of sin has settled, loud the angry billows roar;
            Eager eyes are watching, longing for the lights along the shore.

            Let the lower lights be burning, send a gleam across the wave;
            Some poor fainting struggling seaman, you may rescue, you may save
.

            Trim your feeble lamp, my brother, some poor sailor, tempest-tossed,
            Trying now to make the harbor in the darkness may be lost.

            Let the lower lights be burning, send a gleam across the wave;
            Some poor fainting struggling seaman, you may rescue, you may save
.

Prayer: Lord, may I hear and respond to Your words: “I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness, And will hold your hand; I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people, As a light to the Gentiles” (Isaiah 32:6, NKJV).

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