A Light Unto My Path

thy word

The utter darkness of this world can be fully understood only by the believer who has experienced the transformation of the New Birth; his former standing in Satan’s kingdom of darkness and his new one in the kingdom of God’s dear Son provide a glaring contrast. Yes, the sinner saved by grace knows first-hand what the Lord Jesus Christ meant when He said, “I [Jesus Christ] am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness” (John 12:46). First, we see in this “NUN” portion the importance of the Word in enabling the believer to avoid stumbling in this dark, sin cursed world, and second, the saint’s required response of following the light once it is revealed.

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet…” (vv. 105,107,110,-111). The Scriptures provide the necessary illumination which will prevent the believer from falling prey to entrapments of Satan (v.105). It also provides the motivation for walking on the path of uprightness; our distress and weakness are matched by the promise of His enabling grace (v. 107). Yes, the enemy will do whatever he can to cause saints to stumble in the night, but the light of the Word causes him to walk circumspectly, thus foiling the snare of the frowler (v. 110). And finally, the faithful Word will also provide abounding joyfulness in the heart (v. 111). But remember, what God gives we must take; claim by faith the promises and then rejoice in their fulfillment. Let the Word’s light shine upon your path today – no stumbling, no stammering, no grumbling will darken your way!           

“I have inclined mine heart to perform the statues…” (vv. 106,108,109,112). The heartfelt desire should always be the dutiful performance of the Father’s will, and herein lies the key to “walking in the light” (v. 112). Many professing Christians know the right path, but refuse to walk therein; no wonder so many fall for the devil’s devices on every hand! Yes, there must be a determined resolution to obey the Word before there can be any hope of enjoying its blessings (v. 106). Ever-present distress and camouflaged dangers – (“soul” or breath of life speak of this ongoing quandary) – should also serve as constant reminders of the fact that this world is not our home, “we’re just a passing through” (vv. 108-109). How marvelous the Light that shines to an even brighter day ahead! 

May we choose to begin everyday in His presence as we look into His Word, pray and then meditate throughout the day on Him.

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