The late, great Johnny Cash – and if you are too young to remember his music, it’s worth a trip to the iTunes store – hit musical heights with his stirring , drawling version of “Ring of Fire.” Sure the song has been covered many times since (most notably by Tubbs and Mathew during an unforgettable TEC skit), but no one sings it with the passion of Cash. To help young and old alike remember, the words go something like this:
I fell into a burnin’ ring of fire
I went down, down, down
And the flames went higher,
And it burns, burn, burns
The ring of fire, the ring of fire.
Johnny Cash sang passionately of a RING of fire; the Lord God of Host spoke passionately of a WALL of fire. Listen to God’s word as spoken through the prophet, Zechariah:
For I – Yahweh declares – shall be a wall of fire all round (Jerusalem) and I shall be the glory within her [Zechariah 2:9].
Cash’s “ring” of fire symbolized human love. God’s “wall” of fire describes an even greater love, an infinite love, an all-purifying and all-consuming love, a love that can never be extinguished, a love that makes pure and makes strong, a love offered freely to all, a love within which the human soul can never be destroyed.
I want to be within that wall. I want to live within the Jerusalem of God surrounded in safety by his divine fire. I want to be protected from the sin and vile and horror which lies outside that wall of fiery love. I want to know the God whose glory brings light and warmth and truth to all who live within. I want that same fire to burn, burn , burn within my own heart and the hearts of all. I want the flames to go higher and higher and higher. I want to experience the love of God for all eternity.
I want to start today.
Be assured of my prayers,