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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Seeing in the Dark (Psalm 119:105)

 "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."

Children are afraid of the dark. For adults, however, there exists a greater darkness than the darkness that exists between sunset and sunrise. Life is dark. Only the Bible describes man's origins, defines his battles, and directs him through the darkness.

The writer of Proverbs describes the man who lives independently of God, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death" (Proverbs 14:12). Paul recognizes the hope that the Word of God gives man, "For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope" (Romans 15:4). No other religion offers the direction and hope found between the pages of the Bible.

One only has to read through Psalm 119 to see the prominent role the Scriptures had in the Psalmist's life:

He learned them
He walked in them
He obeyed them
He lived by them
He hid them in his heart

He spoke them
He rejoiced in them
He meditated on them
He delighted in them
He longed for them
He held fast to them
He trusted in them
He lifted up his hands to them
He found comfort in them
He sang of them
He gave thanks for them
He believed them
He hoped in them
He sought them out
He loved them
He followed them
He stood in awe of them
He cried when they aren't obeyed
He did not forget them
He did not turn from them
He trembled at them
He praised God for them
That the Psalmist is consumed by the Word is obvious. The question begs to be asked of believers today, "How many of these characterize our lives?" "What role does the Word have in your life?" Is the Word a lamp to your feet and light to your path or do you rely upon other means for guidance?" Do you know the Word, love the Word, use the Word daily, obey the Word? If not, it may be that the Word isn't a light to your path and therefore, the realm in which you live is dark.

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
Psalm 119:73-176
Add to the list that you began as you read Psalm 119:1-72.

Turning truth into prayer
Ask the Lord to give you a consuming desire for His Word.