Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp to guide my feet
and a light for my path.
106 I’ve promised it once, and I’ll promise it again:
I will obey your righteous regulations.
107 I have suffered much, O Lord;
restore my life again as you promised.
108 Lord, accept my offering of praise,
and teach me your regulations.
109 My life constantly hangs in the balance,
but I will not stop obeying your instructions.
110 The wicked have set their traps for me,
but I will not turn from your commandments.
111 Your laws are my treasure;
they are my heart’s delight.
112 I am determined to keep your decrees
to the very end. (NLT)
Psalm 119 is the longest psalm, and the longest chapter in the Bible, as well. This psalm is an Acrostic. There are twenty-two letters in the Hebrew alphabet, and in this psalm there are twenty-two stanzas, one for each letter. Besides all of this, Psalm 119 is a great psalm that speaks to the power of God’s Word!
This passage begins with what is probably a familiar verse for many: “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” This is a verse that has been lifted up in song since it was written. God’s Word may have been written ages ago, but the message is timeless. Verse 105 is not only timeless, it’s priceless! When I walk into a book store, I can’t help but notice all of the self help books – How to be a better parent, or a better spouse, etc. Verse 105 tells us that if we want to be a better person, we need to first seek direction from God’s Word.
I like the New Living Translation for verse 106: “I’ve promised it once, and I’ll promise it again: I will obey your righteous regulations.” We’ve promised it before, haven’t we? We need to promise it again, and again! We know that we are all sinners, and that we all fall short (Romans 3:23). When we fall short, we need to look again at God’s Word, and promise again to obey God’s Word.
Consider verse 111: “Your laws are my treasure; they are my heart’s delight.” As a pastor, and as a Christian, I am burdened by the dysfunction and breakup of many families. It is my observation that many marriages and families are torn apart because what they treasure is not God’s Word, but the things of this world. Many families treasure their possessions more than the members of their own family. They may say that they don’t, but the time they give to their ‘stuff’, in relation to the time they give to the members of their family tells a different story. When we make God’s Word our treasure and our heart’s delight, all of the other things in life are seen in a better light. Some things become less important, while other things become more important.
Today, let us learn from this ancient psalm. Let us make God’s Word our guide for this day, and every day!
Posted by Ramón Torres