105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
106 I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments.
107 I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O Lord, according unto thy word.
108 Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord, and teach me thy judgments.
109 My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law.
110 The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts.
111 Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.
112 I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.
1. Find all the things the Bible will do for you
2. Find the things you are suppose to do with your Bible
3. Find the things the Bible is likened to
Psalm 119:105 is probably one of the most memorized Bible verses there is. Why? Because this verse is packed with insight and encouragement. God’s word, when read and heeded, is likened to a lamp that lights a man’s way in a dark and evil world.
A beautiful depiction of today’s text is Heceta Head Lighthouse (pictured above) in Florence, Oregon. I have the privilege of living about ten miles from this most beautiful piece of architecture! I’ve visited it countless times and learned some interesting facts about its history. Its “positioning” along the mountain side is unique. So much so, it is known to be the most photographed lighthouse in the United States. Notice how far the Lighthouse Keeper’s dwelling is from the lighthouse. There are no paved roads leading to the lighthouse, even today. It is a well trodden pathway.
Before electricity, Heceta Head Lighthouse was powered by candlelight and kerosene fuel. Supplies had to be carried from the road at sea level all the way to the Keeper’s house for storage, then eventually to the lighthouse (the total hike is about half a mile)! The Lighthouse Keeper had to walk uphill on a winding path from his house (located on the far right of the picture), all the way up to the lighthouse. It was not a straight shot, nor was it a level path at that. There are obstacles on the pathway, such as large roots protruding through the ground from beautiful old trees. One can easily trip and stumble over these roots without light.
Every three to four hours, the Assistant Lighthouse Keeper had to make the trek up the winding mountain path with just the light from his lantern. Many times I have walked that pathway – there are no guardrails to keep one from falling off that steep edge! Picture in your mind’s eye as the Keeper’s lantern lights up his way in a very dark place to keep him from stumbling – from straying off course – from falling off the edge! He would never leave home without his lantern as it would be too costly – yes, even deadly! Even to this day, there are no street lamps to cast light onto that pathway in the dark of night.
Anyone who has been in a forest after nightfall can tell you that it is pitch dark. Without the moon to cast some light, one cannot walk ten feet without stumbling. One can’t even see the hand in front of his face! Isn’t that a beautiful depiction of what God’s word does for the believer? When we read God’s word, and apply the wisdom that the Holy Spirit is trying to teach us, it is likened to a lamp that warns us of impending troubles (think of the end times, for example, and what the Bible teaches the believer). Revelation 1:3 promises a blessing for those who read and understand the word! The perfect provider of light, our God, is in charge of lighting our way when we cannot see for ourselves. I John 1:5, James 1:17 and John 8:12 are wonderful verses on this topic! This same God is also called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace!!! Our future is as dark to us as that pathway without a lantern. Ah, but we have the light of the word of God, which is promised to be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path!
Not only does the word light our way and direct us for the upcoming end times, it also shows us how to live our lives for the Lord Jesus Christ. The light of the word shines on our sin and convicts the Christian so he can repent and forsake that sin! There are accounts of liars who have met their death in Acts 5. In this beloved Book, there are instructions on how to run a church. The Bible also instructs us in what the role of each family member is and how the husband is the head. This blessed lamp, the Holy Bible, lights the way of the Christian and guides him through every avenue of life. Yes, tumultuous times are forthcoming, for prophecy tells us so, as we are living in the end times. However, the believer can rest assured that none of it happens without God’s hand upon it.
Today’s text is also a beautiful picture of how God does not leave His child in the dark! He is our lighthouse, pointing the way, if you will, and promises to have answers for every area of our lives, no matter how dark and dismal those times may be! What a beautiful testimony to the Lord when a Christian is going through severe testing but that Christian is at peace! This Christian’s resolve is in exact proportion to the time he spent in the word of God! How else can one explain the peace and comfort Christian parents receives as they grieve the loss of their child? How else can one explain the sweet peace given to the Christian during extreme financial troubles? That Christian does not know his future be he knows Who holds his future!
The child of God is precious in His sight. God showed us how much so in Psalm 8:4-6! God visits His children (through the work of Christ and His Holy Spirit). He has crowned us with glory and honour and He has made man to have dominion over everything He created! That, my friend, shows me how special I am to the King of Glory!
The rest of the verses, Psalm 119:106-112, seem to be the trickling effects of verse 105. The Psalmist lists his difficulties and then proclaims how God’s word has brought him through them all! Is it any wonder that God’s words were precious to him?
Question: Are you in the dark about what to do in a certain matter in your life? Answer: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Question: Do you wonder if you should marry a certain person? Answer: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Question: Are you afraid of what tomorrow may bring? Answer: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Question: Where will you spend eternity? Answer: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path!
God has given us a “lighthouse” called the King James Bible, my friend. God wants it to be a lamp unto your feet, and a light unto your path; that is its purpose! So why not seek God’s will within its pages? He promises to be a lamp unto your feet, and a light unto your path!