Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119: 105; I have hidden your word in my heart that I may not sin against you. Psalm 119: 11
God’s Word, Our Holy Bible. How we cherish its words, its stories, its truths, and the beautiful promises God has given us.
These two short verses are found in Psalm 119 and sum up well the importance God’s Holy Word should have for all of us. As so many of the psalms were, this one was written by David. It is the longest one with 176 verses, and interestingly, all of them, with the exception of only one or two, refer in some way or another to the Word of God. It is truly a psalm of praise for all of Scripture.
If you remember saying the pledge to the Bible at Vacation Bible School, I am sure you will recognize a part of that pledge in these two verses: “I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God’s Holy Word and will make it a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path, and will hide its words in my heart that I might not sin against thee.”
In reciting it, we are making a promise that we will honor God’s Word and make it an important priority in our lives.
At the time this verse was written, a lamp was a small bowl like container that was lit to provide just enough light to see each step in front of you. God’s Word is meant to do the same as it enlightens our way through this journey of life and it gives us just enough light to keep us from losing our way and becoming lost in the darkness of this world. It is our instructional guide for daily living and gives us the precepts of God’s truths.
In Deuteronomy 6:6, we are told: “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.” David understood the importance of keeping them in our hearts, for it is the heart that truly determines our motives and desires to seek and know God. And it is the heart with which God sees and judges who we are.
What a beautiful way to honor Scripture and its truths with these verses. May His Holy Word always be an important part of our lives; may we share it with others; and may it always light our path.
Our most gracious and loving God, thank you for your Word. Thank you for the wisdom and understanding you have given us to see your sovereignty and love throughout its pages. Thank you for the nourishment it has given our minds, bodies, and souls. May we share its hope with others, and may it be a lamp unto our feet, a light unto our path, and may the words always be hidden in our hearts. Amen