Principle of the Lighthouse- Psalm 27.1

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” –Psalm 27:1

a depiction of the pharos of Alexandria

One of the seven wonders of the ancient world is the Pharos of Alexandria, a tall tower that has approximately measured to about 440 feet high, which has served as a landmark and a lighthouse for seafarers in the island of Alexandria.

Alexander the Great envisioned the lighthouse tower in Alexandria however, after his early demise in 323 BC, his most trusted general Ptolemy, ordered the building of the tower after pronouncing himself as king as a monument for himself. The construction ended sometime between 285 and 247 BC. Traveler Ibn Jubayr who visited the city in 1183 AD described it as: “Description of it falls short, the eyes fail to comprehend it, and words are inadequate, so vast is the spectacle.”

The essential purpose of a lighthouse is to guide seafarers away from rocks, sand bars, shorelines, or coral reefs and other dangerous spots that are not readily visible especially at night time or under a dark sky. The lighthouse can give the warning sign to ships that they are closing in to such places. It can also serve as a landmark so that seafarers would not get lost in their travel.

Life, too, is a distant travel. We need a guiding light so that we can steer away from trouble, hard knocks, and bumps that throw us out of a straight course. The psalmist has sung, “The Lord is my light.” The Lord should be our light as well. He will remove the darkness away and will lead us in the right direction.

We only need to follow our navigational instrument. Seafarers have maps, compass, rulers, radar, sonar, landmarks, and lighthouses in order to have a secure travel. We, have the Bible. The psalmist has sung, “Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” We do not need to know and see what lies in the future; we only need to follow him in each step of the way.

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Lighthouse of Alexandria