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Quicken Your Mortal Body
August 25, 2013
The Spirit of Him Raised Jesus
August 27, 2013

Psalm 119 – Part 14A

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PSALM 119:105-112

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105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to keep your righteous rules.
I am severely afflicted; give me life, O Lord, according to your word!
108 Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O Lord, and teach me your rules.
I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget your law.
110 The wicked have laid a snare for me, but I do not stray from your precepts.
111 Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.
I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end.
Psalm 119:105-112, ESV

We’ll learn in our study today that these 8 verses are packed full of richness, encouragement, and truth for our daily walk. We may not get past verse 105  today though, because this particular verse contains a wealth of knowledge that can change our lives for the better; and we don’t want to miss anything, right?

As we’ve seen throughout our study of Psalm 119, the emphasis is the Word of God. The Psalmist makes it pretty clear in verse 105 how God’s Word helps us by giving us guidance for life, not just for one incident in our lives, but for each and every day. You know, God is practical. He doesn’t tell us things that we can’t do. His Word is not complicated. It’s easy and simple when we follow it.

The Psalmist gives us a picture here of how God’s Word works in our lives, in a practical way. He says it’s both a lamp and a light. A lamp holds the light. The Hebrew meaning for lamp references a light, a candle – something that glistens. Early settlers were quite familiar with lamps because that was their sole source of light in their cabins. The light from the candles in their lamps illuminated their homes. They wouldn’t stumble around in the dark when their lamps burned brightly. Psalm 18:28 says:

“You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.”

The Psalmist further seeks for the light of God’s Word in Psalm 43:3: “Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me.” God’s Word provides the guidance you need. He doesn’t want you to be in the dark and not know of His great love, His great mercy, and His great grace. As you study His Word, He turns your understanding into revelation and truth.

We’ll look further into this next time because there’s so much more in this one little verse; but if you’re in a dark place right now or you just need direction, I encourage you to dig into the Word. When you come with an open heart ready to receive from God, His Word will be a lamp to you directing your steps.