KEEP YOUR LAMPS TRIMMED AND BURNING

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KEEP YOUR LAMPS TRIMMED AND BURNING
“Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning” comes from the parable of the ten virgins,
Matthew 25, 1-13. Ten maidens were awaiting the arrival of the bridegroom, and kept
their lamps trimmed and burning. The other five did not, and their lamps went out. The
bridegroom was delayed and when he finally came, the five foolish virgins had no light.
They begged for oil for their lamps from the wise virgins, but were told to go into town
and buy their own. In the meantime, the Bridegroom arrived and the five wise virgins
were invited in to the wedding reception. The message is that you should always keep
your lamps trimmed and burning, because you never known when the bridegroom
(Christ) will return. Here are the song lyrics written by Reverend Gary Davis.
Keep your lamp trimmed and burning
Keep your lamp
Keep your lamp trimmed
Keep your lamp
Keep your lamp
Keep your lamp trimmed and burning
This old world is almost done
Brother, don’t you keep worryin’
Brother, don’t you keep worryin’
Brother, don’t get worried
For this old world is almost done
Keep your lamp
Keep your lamp
Keep your lamp
Father, don’t stop praying
Father, don’t stop praying
Father, you just keep on praying
For this old world is almost done
Aww
Father, don’t stop preaching
Preacher, don’t stop preaching
Preacher, you just keep on-a-preaching
For this old world is almost done
Got my lamp
Got my lamp
Keep your lamp trimmed and burning