Verse of the Day Devotion: Psalm 119:105
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” – Psalm 119:105
How do you see the Word of God? It is so powerful and deep in the knowledge of God we will never be able to thoroughly see all that is in it. We will never be able to exhaust the riches that are waiting to be discovered by us. However, many look at it as just a book that we must read simply because we are Christians. If that is how we see it, we will miss are the beauty and wisdom that is found inside it.
God gave us the scriptures to aid us in every aspect of our lives. He loves us and desires that we live a life that is not only pleasing to Him, but also the best for us. It shows us what His perfect will is. It shows us what is right and good, and what is wrong and evil. It tells us such things as we are to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and all our might. (Deuteronomy 6:5 and Luke 10:27). It says that we must love our enemies as we love ourselves. (Proverbs 25:21 and Matthew 5:44 ). We are to be humble and not arrogant. (2 Chronicles 7:14 and James 4:10). And lastly, we are to rely on God when things get difficult. (Psalm 55:22 and 1 Peter 5:7). Note that I included an Old Testament and a New Testament verse. God has not changed and everything He promised and expected in the Old are also promised and expected in the New.
Not only does He show us how to live a life pleasing to Him, He will also guide our lives so that we will not fall or wonder away. He shows us what the way of righteousness is, for He is our guide. One of the most famous passages of scripture shows us beautifully what this means. “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” Psalm 23. He is our loving shepherd and He will only guide us to the places that are good while supplying everything we need. When are spirit is weary, exhausted or troubled, He will lift us up and encourage us. And He will never lead us to a place of doom but will take us a straight way to Himself. And though we walk in difficult and dangerous places, we have no need to be afraid for He goes before us providing protection which gives us much comfort. And He will prepare a table for us to feast at, and though our enemies see us, and are with us, we still have what we need, for God ensures we are provided for. Moreover, we can be assured that His goodness and love will always be with us, and we will reside with Him forever. Is not this a wonderful picture of His perfect guidance and leading?
And while we are on this journey, He lights our way so that so that we need not stumble over things the enemy puts in our way, and He lights the way so that we will not leave the path He has chosen for us. He will not guide us blindly, but will show us clearly that path, ensuring us that as long as we stay on the path, we are safe and will be brought through. Now, there is always the possibility that we may need to give our lives in His work. This is illustrated by Paul when the prophet Agabus told Him he would be arrested by the Jews and handed over to Rome. “Then Paul answered, ‘What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but even to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.’” Acts 21:13
God’s Word is more than just a list of commandments, although there are things we are commanded to do to show our true love for Him. It is also a guide as to how we should live this life and the type of service we are called to. It is also a source of encouragement and peace that whatever He calls us to do, we will never be alone. “No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.” Joshua 1:5and “Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,” Hebrews 13:5. God’s Word is used to teach us, lead us, guide us, protect us and show us the great and eternal love of God. You do not need anything but His Word. “For such is God, Our God forever and ever; He will guide us until death.” Psalm 48:14
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.