1. The Lamp

From the recording Nail It to the Door

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This song is based on the Parable of the Ten Virgins in Matthew 25:1-12:

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’
9 “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’
10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’
12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’
13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.


The churches are filled Sunday mornings.
The people are bringing their tithes.
But are we like the five foolish virgins
Or are we like the five wise?

Our songs are sung oh so sweetly,
As we lift up our hands towards the sky.
But are our hearts far from Him,
As we sing our praises so high?
As we reach our hands towards the sky.

Are our lamps trimmed and burning brightly?
Are we redeeming the time?
Are we taking all this too lightly?
Jesus could call any time! Jesus could call any time!

God doesn’t judge by appearance,
His searchlight is scanning my heart.
What may seem right to do, may be wrong,
If the motives not pure in my heart.
If the motives not pure in my heart.

His Spirit is the oil that brings the lamp to a light.
He raises the flame from a flicker,
As He floods us with power and might.
As He floods us with power and light.