by Philip Bennett Power
Edited by Thomas M Witte
This little volume is called “Scripture Night Lights,” because it is hoped that as a very little night light gives comfort to the watcher through the long hours of night, so a very little word of Scripture may cheer the spiritual night watcher through some of his seasons of gloom.
If any are offended at the title, let them remember how our Lord made things natural subserve to the teaching of things spiritual; and how He Himself is represented in glory as walking amid the seven golden candlesticks.
Scripture Night Lights, then, these pages are, and they for the most part treat of such subjects as will prove assuring and comforting in times when the heart, from one circumstance and another, is prone to sink; they may not be able to dispel gloom, but they may be privileged to remove some of the weight from that thick darkness which at times oppresses the soul.
We all know from experience, how assuring to the nerves is the appearance of the smallest light, when we find ourselves in thick darkness in an unknown place; the mariner hails the twinkling of the lamp of the far distant lighthouse, as he tosses upon the stormy waves; the traveller, bewildered in the gloom of night, presses on afresh, as he descries the glimmering of it may be but a farthing candle in the window of a distant hut; and the sick man, who would otherwise be affrighted at every sound, lies calm and tranquil as he looks at his little night light. Very wonderful are the rays into which that light is broken, as the sick man watches it with an eye half closed from weakness, or, it may be, suffused with the tear, which is the expression of silent suffering and pain; and very wonderful are the rays of comfort which stream forth from each word of Scripture, as weak, and weary, and pain stricken men watch them earnestly and long.
Have you ever lain, dear reader, and watched a night light, with a half opened or a tearful eye? How did its rays dart upward, how did they dart like thin arrows of fire straight to yourself; how instantaneously did they glitter and flash with full a lightning speed? Even thus may it be with these little words of Scripture; may they beam upwards, leading your eye to the great Fountain of all light; may they beam inwards, proving to you the truth of what the Psalmist says in Psalm cxix, 130: “The entrance of Thy words giveth light”
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