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!
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.
The wicked have laid a snare for me,
but I do not stray from your precepts.
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
-God's words lights the path before us so that we can find our way.
-It is God who gives us life
-God's testimonies are our heritage and joy.
Have you ever tried to walk in the woods at night without a flashlight? Or stumbled through the house when the power has gone out? I do not like either situation. When we go camping I always make sure I have a good working flashlight for those inevitable middle of the night jaunts. In the dark woods my imagination runs goes crazy with the possiblities of what lurks in the night unseen, not to mention the stumps and logs one can trip over. Oh, but shine a flashlight or sit around the campfire and I feel safe, at least as far as I can see.
That is the vision I always get with the first verse of this passage. Without God's word we stumble in the dark; we trip over logs and fear what lies in the shadows. God's word shines brightly into this dark world, it shows us where to safely set our feet along the path and removes our fears. Do Not Fear. How often those words occur in the Bible. I suppose people are just prone to fear. On our own our hearts incline that direction. The picture I am left with in these verses is the strong difference between a heart that is inclined towards God's word and one that is not.
Incline my heart to perform Your statutes O LORD, forever, to the end.
Grace, Peace, and Mercy,
Oh how I love your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
for it is ever with me.
I have more understanding than all my teachers,
for your testimonies are my meditation.
I understand more than the aged,
for I keep your precepts.
I hold back my feet from every evil way,
in order to keep your word.
I do not turn aside from your rules,
for you have taught me.
How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Through your precepts I get understanding;
therefore I hate every false way. -Psalm 119:97-104, ESV
-the key to wisdom and understanding is found in God's Word
Today let's take a look at the benefits of reading God's Word we find in these verses.
-It makes us wise; wiser than those who think they have gained wisdom without it
-It is always with us
-It gives us understanding, even if we are young or uneducated
-It keeps us from sinning
-It allows God Himself to teach us His ways
-It is sweeter than honey
-It teaches us truth
So how should we approach God's Word according to these verses?
-With love for its message
-Meditating on it
-Obeying what we find there
-Lettting it teach us how to live
I believe God's Word to be without error. I believe it contains the words that bring us life. The words that bring us hope and peace and comfort. I believe its main purpose is to reveal Christ to us. These things all affect how approach my Bible reading. This book is like no other and I am determined to be a student of it my whole life. How about you?
Grace, Peace, and Mercy,
I am a woman with a Mary heart and these are my musings as I read and study God's Word
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