“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalms 119:105)
The psalmist highlights two important things Bible reading does for you:
- It shows you your spiritual condition. In Bible times there were no paved roads, so when guests entered a house, they paused to wash the sand, dirt, and grime from their feet. That’s what Bible reading does. The Psalmist said, “How can a young man [and an older one] cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word” (v. 9).
- It shows you the direction you need to go. “Your word is … a light to my path.” When you’re faced with an important decision and you don’t know which way to go, God will guide you through His Word. David, who loved God’s Word and meditated on it constantly, prayed, “Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness” (Psalm 143:10). Many of the mistakes we make could be prevented if we stopped long enough to seek God’s guidance. He knows what lies ahead; we don’t. So “commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:5).
Just like children need to be taught to cultivate a taste for healthy food instead of junk food, you need to cultivate a taste for God’s Word. The psalmist said, “I will delight myself in Your commandments, which I love” (Psalm 119:47). “Your word is very pure; therefore Your servant loves it” (v. 140). Today ask God to give you a love for His Word. That’s a prayer He will answer!
Lord, lead me to love Your Word as I study it each day, and let Your Word be a bright light that leads me on my path through life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.