Keep My Lamp Burning
Date: October 10, 2023
I use the BLESS method every morning for my devotional.
B - Bible Verse
L - Listen for God's Voice and pray
E - Explore the History and meaning
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases
S - Summarize and Share
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B - Bible Verse: "You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light." Psalm 18:28
L - Listen for God's Word and pray: Dear Lord, thank you for being the source of light in my life. As I meditate on this verse, help me to listen to your word and guidance. May your light shine brightly in the areas of darkness in my heart and life. In Jesus' name, I pray, amen.
E - Explore the History and Meaning: This Psalm is attributed to King David, celebrating God's deliverance from his enemies. It's a poetic expression of trust and gratitude for God's protective and guiding presence. David describes God as the keeper of his lamp and the one who transforms darkness into light. It symbolizes God's guidance, protection, and the way He brings clarity and understanding to life's challenges.
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases:
"You, Lord" - Acknowledges God as the source of light.
"keep my lamp burning" - Reflects God's guidance and sustenance.
"my God turns my darkness into light" - Highlights God's transformative power over challenges and difficulties.
S - Summarize and Share: Devotional:
This verse, "You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light," speaks to me on a profoundly personal level. It reminds me of those moments in life when I've felt surrounded by darkness – whether it was the darkness of doubt, fear, or uncertainty. In those times, it was as if my inner lamp was flickering, threatening to go out.
But then, I remembered the promise of this verse. It's a promise that reassures us that God is the keeper of our inner lamps. He doesn't allow them to go out. Even in our darkest moments, He's there, gently nurturing that tiny flame within us.
Reflecting on this verse, I'm reminded of a specific period in my life when I faced immense challenges. It was a time when I didn't know how I would overcome the obstacles before me. But as I turned to God, seeking His guidance and strength, I began to see His hand at work.
Slowly but surely, the darkness that had shrouded my path started to lift. It wasn't an immediate transformation, but over time, I witnessed how God turned my darkness into light. He provided solutions, brought clarity to my confusion, and filled my heart with hope.
Today, this verse serves as a reminder that God's light still shines brightly in the darkest corners of our lives. Whatever challenges we may face, we can trust that He is with us, keeping our lamps burning. And as we walk in His light, we have the privilege of sharing that light with others, illuminating their paths as well.
So, let's hold onto this promise tightly. Let's remember that our God is the ultimate source of light, and with Him, darkness can never truly overcome us. As we face life's uncertainties, let's keep our lamps burning brightly, knowing that His light will guide us through every situation.
4 Bible Cross References:
Psalm 27:1 - "The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?"
John 8:12 - "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life."
Psalm 119:105 - "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path."
Isaiah 42:16 - "I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth."