Sometimes when I sit at church what the speaker says over the pulpit or a song we sing really touches my heart. I’ve been singing since I could talk and music always seems to touch my soul. We sang this song at church today and I felt that the words really were written for what I have been feeling lately.
THE LORD IS MY LIGHT
Text: James Nicholson, 1828-1876
Music: John R. Sweney, 1837-1899
The Lord is my light; then why should I fear?
By day and by night his presence is near.
He is my salvation from sorrow and sin;
This blessed assurance the Spirit doth bring.
The Lord is my light;
He is my joy and my song.
By day and by night he leads,
He leads me along.
The Lord is my light; tho clouds may arise,
Faith, stronger than sight, looks up thru the skies
Where Jesus forever in glory doth reign.
Then how can I ever in darkness remain?
The Lord is my light; the Lord is my strength
I know in his might I’ll conquer at length.
My weakness in mercy he covers with pow’r,
And, walking by faith, I am blest ev’ry hour.
The Lord is my light, my all and in all.
there is in his sight no darkness at all.
He is my Redeemer, my Savior, and King.
With Saints and with angels his praises I’ll sing.
The words of the last verse really stood out to me. The Lord really does bring me light. He can take away this darkness, this depression that I have been living in for the last year. I feel at times I have been able to shake it off a bit on my own, but I am constantly wrestling with the darkness. I really do need a source of light to guide and direct me, to show me the way.
I remember as a teenager we went to a special camp for all the young women in my local church. They had us walk around the camp without any flashlights and we had to rely on our ears and our voices to keep us together. It was a very dark night and many of us stumbled or tripped, but there was always someone to help you back up. I remember as we rounded the corner to a meadow someone had set up a projector with a photo of Jesus Christ with his hands outstretched. It looked like he was standing in the meadow just waiting for us. I was overwhelmed. Even though it was just a projected picture, the light coming from him was so glorious next to the darkness of the night. I wanted to run to him and to embrace him, to have him enfold me in his outstretched arms and tell me that he loved me.
I hope to establish this kind of relationship with my Heavenly Father over the next year as I truly begin to pray again. I haven’t really prayed in a LONG TIME. I think it is about time.
Truly He loves me. Truly He wants me to be happy and to live a life full of light and truth, not a life or darkness and misery. All Satan wants is for us to be miserable and he laughs when he gets us. He and his concourses of evil helpers have been laughing at me a lot this last year.
I choose light. For Jesus Christ is the “Light and the Life of the World” if you come unto him you won’t perish but have every lasting life.”
“He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death.” -Mosiah 16:9