“Your Word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
Quite often we are limited in our understanding of words that come from different cultures and times. The meanings of most words change from one generation to another, and the way they are used can be quite confusing.
For example, we all have some idea of what the word “tall” means. But, if someone were to ask us how many inches it took to be considered a tall person, we might all have a different answer in mind.
Consider the words in Psalm 119:105, “Your Word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.” It would be easy to come to the conclusion that the writer is simply talking about a difficult time in life and that he had faith that God would take care of him. That’s a beginning.
The word “lamp” in this passage is a symbol of life, joy, and prosperity as well as guidance. So, the author wants us to know that if we follow the teachings of God’s Word, we will live a life that will be filled with a quality of enduring contentment and happiness. Where we are or the circumstances that surround us do not matter. But, of course, it all depends on our being obedient to God’s rules. All of God’s promises contain the principle of “If/Then.” If we do what He asks, then we can expect His rewards.
“Light” is another interesting word. It refers to God’s blessings that include joy, happiness, security, and peace. John wrote: “In Him was life and that life was the light of all mankind. That light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” God, then, is our Light!
How great our God is: In Him, we “can have it all!”
Thank You, Father, for the assurance of Your joy, happiness, security and peace that we have in You. You are indeed our Light! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.