Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path. Psalm 119:105Psalm 119:105
Heard this one about God’s word before? Yea, bet you have, a few times.
To me it sounds so wonderful, God’s word is light. But I must admit I’ve never really thought about it more than surface thought. So the other day after this verse popped into my head, I read it and read the verse before it. (I ended up reading the whole Psalm.)
Do you know the verse before it? I didn’t either. It says:
I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every false way. Psalm 119:104
I thought that was very interesting that the psalmist wrote that they, “hate every false way”, and then in the next section/ verse they say God’s word lights their path (way).
But then as I read more about verse 105 I realized that if you’re walking the path that God is leading you on it makes sense that you hate the ways that are false.
But how do we know the true way?
By the guiding light of God’s word or as David Guzik says, “The illuminating guidance of God’s word.” God’s word DOES illuminate our path.
“Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.”
It is Gods word and the enlightenment of it through the Holy Spirit, that keeps us on the right path.
We can see where we should go, how we are to live because we have light to see.
We’re not in darkness if Gods word sheds light, then His word is understandable. And if we stay in the light of His word – reading or hearing it, we will see the path, gain discernment and know the way to go. We won’t stray from the path either. (That’s the goal, or at least stray less).
And we will “hate every false way” as mentioned in v104. Which we’ll be able to discern because we’re in God’s word which is illuminating our path – our walk – our Christian walk.
We will understand more about God and following Him and thereby increase our faith just by being in His word more often.
Therefore, whether reading or listening to God’s word, see how you can add it to your day. And take it in as a lamp and a light to lead you on your journey.
Ready to dive in and read your Bible every day? What, a little overwhelming? Yes, it can be.
So if you’re not quite ready to start reading Genesis with your morning coffee, start with a book that’s small or even just a few verses each day. Either New or Old Testament would work.
Try something like Jonah or Ruth or one of the Gospels. These are perhaps familiar but try reading them with the view of them being a lamp to your feet and a light on your path.
What are you seeing this time as you read? I would love to hear. Please let me know in the comments below.