11/27/19: 2 Peter 1:1-21; Psalm 119:97-112; Proverbs 28:17-18

 

Psalm 119: 105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

Many of you probably know that these inspired words are the basis for the song we often sing written by Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith.   But what you may not know is the full story behind the lyrics.

Michael originally came up with the song’s melody and some words for the chorus straight from David’s Psalms about being a light into my path. Amy fell in love with his demo, but as Michael had no idea what the verses were supposed to say, he gave it to her and told her she could finish the tune. “So later that night she starts walking back to her cabin,” Michael told us. “And you have to understand Caribou Ranch is an 8,000 acre ranch and it’s very dark, and you’re in the middle of nowhere. And she got lost. There’s bears and all that sort of thing. You’ve got to really know where you’re going. It’s obviously a compound with all these cabins and stuff.”

“She finally saw a lamp and started walking towards that light, didn’t realize that that was her cabin,” he continued. “And she walked into that little cabin and sat down with a notebook and pen and wrote the verses to ‘Thy Word.'”

The lyrics of the first stanza are:

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path
Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path
When I feel afraid
Think I’ve lost my way
Still you’re there right beside me
And nothing will I fear
As long as you are near
Please be near me to the end

 

 

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