What is lighting your way through the paths of life? Today we receive a challenge from the psalms to let God’s word be our guide. True to God’s ways, the path is not often around trouble, but through it, as God equips and comforts and provides for our perseverance…
105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.
106 I have taken an oath and confirmed it,
that I will follow your righteous laws.
107 I have suffered much;
preserve my life, Lord, according to your word.
108 Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth,
and teach me your laws.
109 Though I constantly take my life in my hands,
I will not forget your law.
110 The wicked have set a snare for me,
but I have not strayed from your precepts.
111 Your statutes are my heritage forever;
they are the joy of my heart.
112 My heart is set on keeping your decrees
to the very end.
There is a healthy tension in the words of the psalmist this morning. The word of God lights his path, yet his life is always on the line and in jeopardy. This shouldn’t surprise us – God has done this before and again. He is perfectly fine with us being in potentially risky situations – to have our lives on the line.
It is not because he is sadistic or intent on our demise. It is more that he is the answer in these situations. He is not the escape route from these situations, necessarily, yet he is the answer – the refuge – the protector – the help – as we face a variety of challenges.
It appears to delight God to have us choose to dwell in his word so that he can provide and fulfill us at all times.
And so where are our hearts today? Are we set upon the word of God or our own ways today? I am confident that our own ways will have little chance of the relief or comfort of God’s word as we face trials of life.
What would happen if you let God light your path with his word?
What would happen if you let God’s word inform your life today?
I encourage you to make it your habit to dwell in the words of the God who loves you.