You know that moment when the lights in a theater go down and the entire room becomes dark? In the darkness do you ever notice the glaring red EXIT signs? What about the tiny lights placed along the pathway to lead you to safety? God’s Word is a lot like those little safety lights.
Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.Psalm 119:105
When the power goes out, we tend to light a lot of candles in our house. If you’ve ever walked down a dark hallway with a single candle then you know that not very much is lit up. Depending on the length of your hallway, the light might not even reach the other end. God’s Word is a lot like that, as a lamp it may only light up a few feet in front of us, enough for us to take a step and continue walking by faith.
A Psalm full of Steps.
Psalm 119 is an entire lesson on how God’s Word is a lamp that lights up our way.
“Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with their whole heart…”
“I will praise You with an upright heart, when I learn Your righteous rules. I will keep your statutes; do not utterly forsake me!”
“I have stored up Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”
“I will also speak of Your testimonies before kings…for I find my delight in Your commandments, which I love.”
“The Lord is my portion, I promise to keep Your words.”
“Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me, I do not forget Your law.”
Do you see the pattern here?
We have a whole Psalm full of steps to take along the path before we ever declare, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
The Lit Path Made Straight.
In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.Proverbs 3:6 amp
I pray every day that God would make straight my paths, but how do I know the direction to go so that I don’t take a wrong turn? By knowing, recognizing, and acknowledging Him, by storing and acting on His Word in my heart.
We are often surrounded on all sides by darkness. The darkness of the world presses in on us, trying to extinguish the Light within us. Thanks to God’s Holy Spirit and His Word, we need not be concerned. “The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not suppressed it.” (John 1:5 CJB)
Read enough of Psalm 119 and we know that the author was in the midst of trouble. Each step he took was a reminder to himself to keep God’s Word, that God would save him from the trouble that surrounded him. We have the same blessed assurance.
My soul longs for Your salvation; I hope in Your Word.Psalm 119:81
As we make our way through the darkness, we are kept safe by God’s Word. As long as we are walking within that lamp light of His Word, we are safe. It is when we wander off away from our Shepherd and His Way that we begin to stumble and fall.
“In Your steadfast love give me life, that I may keep the testimonies of Your mouth.”Psalm 119:88
Let God’s Word be the lights of safety along your path. Let His Word reveal the direction you are to take on the path He has made for you. Don’t be afraid to take a step. We don’t have to see the whole path, just enough to know that we’re walking in God’s direction.
Walking the path is a partnership between the light of God’s Word and our faith.
Every Day Prayer.
Thank You for Your steadfast love, which endures forever. Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Please make straight the path before me. Lead me and guide me down the path You have set before me. Direct me in all Your Ways, Father. Show me what I should do and where I should go.
In the Name of Jesus,