Monday, 3 April 2017

A lamp

There I will make the horn of David grow; I will prepare a lamp for My Anointed. His enemies I will clothe with shame, But upon Himself His crown shall flourish." – Psalm 132.17-18

There is not a whole lot to share here, but I think it is just a blessed little nugget. The psalm is looking forward to the coming of Messiah who is one day going to shame his enemies but He is going to be crowned. Messiah, the Anointed, came to earth the first time to save us and will return as King.

But the reference here is a prayer for one who would prepare the way for Messiah. We see the fulfilment of the prophecy in John 35 where we read the words of Jesus ‘There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true. You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved. He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light. But I have a greater witness than John's; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me.

John was the shining and burning lamp that the psalmist prayed for and he was the prepared witness for the Anointed One. For a time the Jews rejoiced in John’s light, but was only a glimmer to be fulfilled in the Light that is Jesus Christ.

I like that God is a God of details. I like the fact that we see even the small details prophesied and then completed.

And there is one more thing. Now God has called us to be lights for Jesus as we prepare for His return. May we be as faithful as John was at being lamps lighting the way for Him and may our light so shine before men that they will see our good works and glorify our Father.

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