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  GOD CAN Gospel Singers

This Little Light of Mine

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine! This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine! Let it shine! Let it shine! Let it shine!

Hide it under a bushel? No! I’m gonna let it shine! Hide it under a bushel? No! I’m gonna let it shine!

Hide it under a bushel? No! I’m gonna let it shine! Let it shine! Let it shine! Let it shine!

Don’t let Satan blow it out! I’m gonna let it shine! Don’t let Satan blow it out! I’m gonna let it shine!

Don’t let Satan blow it out! I’m gonna let it shine! Let it shine! Let it shine! Let it shine!

Let it shine ‘til Jesus comes! I’m gonna let it shine! Let it shine ‘til Jesus comes! I’m gonna let it shine!

Let it shine ‘til Jesus comes! I’m gonna let it shine! Let it shine! Let it shine! Let it shine!

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine! This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine! Let it shine! Let it shine! Let it shine!

Most people who grew up in church know this children’s song by heart and were probably singing it in their heads as they were reading it! But how many of us have ever stopped to think about what this simple song is really saying? Let’s take a moment to break down the song, and look at each verse individually.

The first verse says, “Hide it under a bushel? No! I’m gonna let it shine!” There’s a couple of verses in St. Matthew chapter 5 that closely resemble the words to the song. It says “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick: and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (St. Matthew 5:14-16) Do we as Christians put our light on a candlestick so that others can see the light of Jesus’ love through us, or do we put it under the bushel because we are afraid that we will stand out amid all the darkness in the world? Are we ashamed of the light that Jesus placed in our hearts? Romans 10:11 states that “Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” If we believe on Jesus and put our faith in Him, we should not hide our light, but let all see it. However, if we hide our light because we are afraid of the people of the world, God tells us that He will be ashamed of us as well. Luke 9:16 says, “For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.” Don’t hide the precious gift that God has given you, let it shine for all to see that through you, the name of Jesus will be magnified.

The second verse of the song says, “Don’t let Satan blow it out! I’m gonna let it shine!” How many times has Satan tried to come along and extinguish the fire burning inside you? How often do you find it hard to shine because of conflict or someone around you who is negative? We have to be careful to not let the things of the world choke our spirit and make us cold inside. Peter warned of such things when he said, “Be sober, be vigilant: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (I Peter 5:8) We have to watch and be alert so that we can overcome anything Satan throws at us. Ephesians 6:10-11 tells us, “Finally, my bretheren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” We must be ready to hold our ground when Satan comes, and be determined to not back down.

Lastly, the third verse of the song emphasizes what the other two verses have already said by saying, “Let it shine ‘til Jesus comes! I’m gonna let it shine!” This verse is the one that sounds easy, but is one of the hardest to accomplish. This verse takes endurance and persistence through whatever may come our way. Paul wrote a lot about not giving up, and pushing forward for the cause of Christ. He says in his letter to the Philippians, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” He was a man of many accomplishments, but still pressed toward a goal that was higher than himself. He saw the goodness and greatness of God, and considered it an honor to be chosen to the work of the Lord. In addition to giving instruction, Paul also wrote to encourage other Christians who become discouraged along their way. In Hebrews, he says, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…” (Hebrews 12:1-2) Paul illustrated how we should set our priorities and how we could attain a meaningful life through Christ. If we put Jesus as our focal point to keep our walk through life straight, and get rid of the sins and cares of the world that are weighing us down, we can more easily run the race that is set before us. But there is one more thing that we need to remember. This is not a sprint or a race of speed, but rather an endurance race. We have to run with patience and rely on God to give us what we need when we need it. Sometimes we think that we need to have something now, when God sees that it would only weigh us down until the point that we can use it. Trust God to know not only what you need, but also when you need it.

For such a simple song, there is a lot of meaning that one can get out of it. Until recently, I had never really put much thought into what the words had to say. Perhaps, God was waiting for the right moment for me to be ready to receive it. Perhaps, God is waiting on you to reach the right place so that He can bless you with the things that you need in your life. Either way, God is all-knowing and all-powerful. No matter what your need may be, He always has the answer. It’s up to you to decide how you will let your light shine.