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Lift up the Word, Light up the World

“As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.”   2 Samuel 22:31


This verse is from a portion of the Word that was chosen for National Day of Prayer this year.  The theme chosen by the organizers was “Lift up the Word, Light up the World”.  We heard that evening, that it truly is the Word that can light up the world.  The apostle John wrote in the first chapter of his gospel.


“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The same was in the beginning with God.

All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”   John 1:1-4


If we are to lift up the Word, it cannot be heavy for us.  The buckler which is a small shield is not heavy. In fact, it was quite light.  The maneuverability of this shield was its greatest asset.  There were other shields used it those days that did the job of defending against foes that were slinging arrows or other projectiles your way, but the buckler was intended for close combat.  Roughly the size of a garbage can lid, it was carried easily.


 The Word of God is the same way. We can carry it with us in book form, on our cell phones, but more importantly in our hearts.  We can use it in close combat as well.  To resist the upfront assault of our faith that can happen daily.  We can trust in the Word to be our guide and protection as we go about our daily tasks.  As our verse says, this Word has been tried.  It was pushed even to death, yet death couldn’t overcome this Word.  We know that our Messiah conquered death, hell and the devil in our behalf and in this we truly can see that God’s way is perfect.

Let us thank and praise God for his unspeakable mercies toward us in Christ. Not that we aren’t allowed to speak of them, but that our tongues lack the ability to do so.

Hans Lampinen

Submitted by Pastor Stan

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