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June 20, 2017, 12:57 PM

June 21, 2017

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light for my path.”  Psalm 119:105

     Probably one of the first verses of Scripture we learn as children is Psalm 119:105.  However, even though we learn the verse we still struggle to live by it.  We would do so much better if we truly allowed God’s Word to guide our path daily.  The author of Psalm 119 is unknown but most scholars attribute this psalm to King David.  There is a tradition that says King David used this psalm to teach the alphabet to his young son, Solomon.  It was not just the alphabet for writing letters but also the alphabet of spiritual life.  What if dads today were careful to do that?  Assuredly, this country would be a better place.

     King David came to know very well the significance of following God’s path while also understanding the destruction that comes from going in the wrong direction.  In verse 104 David says, “I hate every wrong path”.  We do not understand the detriment of the wrong path unless we know the peace, security, and freedom of the right path.  David found out just how quickly life can change when following the wrong path.  He speaks frequently in the Psalms about God’s law, statutes, and precepts.  These are used to declare God’s power and authority.  David realized, sometimes the hard way like us, that God’s ways are always right.  God never leads us in the wrong direction although He will allow us to make unwise decisions to a point.  He constantly desires to teach us how much He loves us by providing the best for us.  The enemy, on the other hand, waits every day for the opportunity to steer us down the wrong path.  That is the reason David says very clearly, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet”.

     Why does it often take us so long to learn that?  We need God’s lamp to light every step we take.  If you walk along a trail at night with a flashlight, you shine the light down on the path.  You do not shine the light out in the distance to see where you are going because you may stumble and fall.  You shine the light directly on the path so that you can keep your footing and make it to your destination.  God’s desire is to help us take each step along the path of life.  Sadly, we often try to put the light on everything around us rather than the steps we need for each day.  May you make each step count as you use the light of God’s Word for clear directions.

                                                                                                                                             We love you,

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