Your Word is a lamp to guide my feet, and a light for my path.
I’ve promised it once and I’ll promise it again; I will obey Your regulations.
I have suffered much, O Lord; restore my life again as You promised.
Lord, accept my offering of praise and teach me Your regulations.
My life constantly hangs in the balance but I will not stop obeying Your instructions.
The wicked have set a trap for me but I will not turn from Your commandments.
Your laws are my treasure; they are my delight.
I am determined to keep Your decrees to the very end.
Psalm 119: 105-112
This week’s section of Psalm 119 opens with one of my favorite verses: Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.
The Word of God gives direction in every area, in every aspect, in every circumstance, in every condition of life. Without it, mankind is like a ship without a pilot.
In these verses the psalmist gives us eight indications of his dedication to live out the Word of God. He has told us over and over that he loves the Word of God. He’s told us over and over that He believes the Word of God. He has asked God to help him understand the Word of God. He has asked God to teach him the Word of God. He has ascribed glorious qualities to the Word of God, but in this passage, he is expressing his purpose to live out that word, not to just say that he loves the Word of God but to show that he loves the Word of God by obeying it in his daily life.
- First, he declares that God’s Word is his rule of life and he walks by it in all his ways.
- He announces his commitment to conform his life to God’s Word.
- He is determined to look to God’s Word alone when he is under affliction.
- He chooses to worship even in suffering: ‘accept my offerings, O Lord’
- He reaffirms his commitment to never stop obeying God’s Word.
- He declares his faithfulness to God’s Word, come what may, even the loss of his life.
- He finds his deepest joy in the heritage promised to him in God’s Word.
- He is determined to finish the race; to his very last breath, he will obey God.
It is one thing to say ‘I love God’ but love is demonstrated by conforming our lives to the revealed word of God. Only then is our confession of love confirmed. The greatest commandment is “You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul and with all of your possessions.” Deuteronomy 6:4
To live such a life of obedience requires us to know the Word of God. Reading and studying God’s word is a necessary priority; it is food for our soul to nourish our spiritual life. Years ago I knew a man whose motto was “No Bible, no breakfast.” For years he lived by that principle and taught his students, “One way you can show that God is your highest priority and your greatest love is to feed your soul every morning before you think about feeding your body, for your soul will live forever but these bodies will decay in the ground. So what’s more important?”
Again in Deuteronomy we read this well known passage: Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Deuteronomy 8:3 It’s a great verse but the question is: do we really and truly believe it?
This week’s portion of Psalm 119 challenges us to make the regular reading and studying of God’s Word our highest priority. There’s no better time than today to make or renew your commitment to this challenge.
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