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.

  • Refrain:
    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.

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

Written by Phillip P. Bliss pub. 1871

What a beautiful hymn.   What is it telling us? 

Think of what a lighthouse is used for.  It is for the sole purpose of guiding ships into harbor and away from dangerous places.  It gives the seaman a symbol of guidance and safe passage.  In some cases it shows the way home.  In the first verse, we are being told how bright is God’s mercy.  It’s a beacon for us to follow.  He has given us his light in the form of the Bible and is asking us to be the keeper of his spiritual lighthouse. 

Out in the world, in the mist of sin and anger, there are those wanting to come home but they don’t know where to go.  Their eyes are watching for that light, for that beacon that tells them where to go. 

In the last verse, we are warned to trim our lamps or to let our light burn cleanly and brightly because someone may be watching us and trying to see our light and make it home.  If our light is dim and hard to see, then that person may give up and be lost.  “that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world” Philippians 2:15

Let your light burn and shine far, your light, your actions may save someone.

2 Corinthians 4:6 “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ”

You are God’s lighthouse.  He has given you the light.  Have you trimmed your lamp?  Are you burning brightly so that you can be seen through the darkness of sin and anger? 

Have a Blessed Day

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