Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Opus 2015-134: Monday Pulpit: Light on Your Feet

Sunday was a good day for worship.  The pastor made some good points.  When a familiar verse was quoted my mind went on a tangent.
(Psalms 119:105 KJV)  Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
The encouraging point was that the written word of God can give us the direction that we need in life.  I got that.  Then I started thinking about lamps and lighting.

We live in the modern age where instant illumination is assumed.  Did you wake up in the dark?  Lean over and turn on the lamp.  Are you entering a dark house?  Reach out and flick a switch.  Do you need to check out a sound in the yard at night?  Grab a flashlight.  If we don’t have instant access to light we feel like disaster has struck.

Not so in the past.  In the days the Psalms were written they didn’t even have matches.  They had to use flint to get a spark and keep sparking until they had ignition.  When they finally got a flame they faced the danger of it being blown out.  The amount of light was minor compared to what we are used to.

So when you think of a “lamp unto thy feet” don’t think of a floodlight illuminating as far as you can see.  Think of a candle-lit dinner where you can’t even read the menu.  Think about just enough to see where your next footstep is supposed to go.  Think about not stepping in a hole.  Think about moving at a speed regulated by what you an see.

God will give you the guidance you need, not the certainty you might want.

homo unius libri


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    1. It was a good reminder for me even if it isn't original.

      Grace and peace


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