Reading: Psalm 119: 105-112
Verse 105: Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
The psalmist opens this section of the longest chapter in the Bible with these familiar words. As one reads, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path”, one can’t help but have the tune come to mind. The truth that the psalmist writes remains as true today as it was the day he wrote it. The depth of commitment we hear in the words of our passage is still the depth of commitment that God continues to look for today in each of us who profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of our life.
The opening line speaks of God’s Word guiding us through life. A popular acronym for Bible is “basic instructions before leaving earth”. Spending time daily in the Word continues to be essential to faithful discipleship. It is so important to spend time each day with our Bibles, meditating on God’s ways and learning more about what it means to follow Jesus.
The psalmist does not tout a blessed and perfect life once he made the choice to make his oath to follow God’s ‘righteous law’. Instead he admits that his life continues to have suffering and the wicked continue to tempt him. We too must acknowledge that life is not instantly a bed of roses once we choose to enter a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Life will still have it’s troubles. There will still be times of pain and anguish and hardship. But we do not face these alone. Jesus walks with us through the troubles and trials, bringing us peace and comfort and strength.
Our passage today ends with “your statutes… are the joy of my heart”. We find the same joy when we choose to allow Jesus’ ways to be our rule for life. The Law of the Old Testament and the psalmist has been renewed and refreshed by Jesus and the new commandments. We too must match the psalmist’s commitment to his faith – to live out each and every day as a follower of Jesus Christ – bringing honor and glory to God in all we do and say. May it be so!