A Light Unto My Path

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path…The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple” (Psalm 119:130).

The Bible says, “In Thy light we see light”(Psa.36:9).  This means that when we view things from the perspective of the Bible, we see things as they really are. Commenting on this Spurgeon said, “We need no candle to see the sun, we see it by its own radiance, and then see everything else by the same luster.  The knowledge of God sheds light on all other subjects.”

Rightly, therefore did David sing, ‘Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path!’  Therefore, we ought to more earnestly give ourselves to the study, meditation, discussion, and application of the Bible; for in so doing we are not only securing our steps in an unstable world, but also making good progress on the highway to heaven.

A glory gilds the sacred page, Majestic like the sun. It gives a light to every age; it gives, but borrows none.” William Cowper 1731-1800

A few years ago I was rummaging through the books in an antique store and came upon a small volume entitled The Hyacinth: or Affection’s Gift, by Henry F. Anners.  The book, published in 1845, is a collection of poems and short stories aimed at youth to provide moral inspiration and practical instruction.  I was intrigued by the little book so I bought it and took it home.  Perusing through its pages I came upon this wonderful poem.

The Boy and the Fire-flies

Boy and the FireflysAn inexperienced boy, one night
through lonely paths returning,
Had taken to guide his steps aright,
a lantern brightly burning.

And safe he traveled by its ray,
until, before him glancing,
He saw, along the doubtful way,
the sparkling fire-flies dancing.

Then he discarded with disdain
his lantern calmly beaming,
To follow this resplendent train,
in fitful radiance gleaming.

But, ere a second step he took,
he found his folly humbled:
The flying lights his path forsook,
and in a ditch he tumbled.

Then bitter anger he expressed
against these guides beguiling;
Who thus the simple boy addressed:
“Nay, cease this vain reviling!

“The blame remains with you along;
and half the ills men reckon,
Proceed from leaving lights well known,
to follow some false beacon.

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