Your word is a lamp for my feet,(Ps. 119:105-112 NIV)
a light on my path.
I have taken an oath and confirmed it,
that I will follow your righteous laws.
I have suffered much;
preserve my life, Lord, according to your word.
Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth,
and teach me your laws.
Though I constantly take my life in my hands,
I will not forget your law.
The wicked have set a snare for me,
but I have not strayed from your precepts.
Your statutes are my heritage for ever;
they are the joy of my heart.
My heart is set on keeping your decrees
to the very end.
The Psalmist needs a light to light up the way for his feet because the darkness would threaten his footstep. The world the flesh and the devil are foes that would cause us to stumble. The light of the word is not like a torch on your smart phone. This light is the light that shines upon the heart and mind. By the light of the word we understand things. By the light of the word we are able to make wise choices.
Like the Psalmist we have made a covenant with God, and from time to time we renew that covenant to follow God’s word. On this occasion the darkness comes from those who would cause him to stumble. He has suffered much at their hands. The Psalmist looks to the Lord to sustain his life.
The Psalmist is humbly aware that the Lord is not obliged to accept his worship, and so he prays that the Lord will accept is feely given praise. The Psalmist is never finished with being taught by the Lord and asks the Lord to teach him the law.
The wicked have set a snare for the Psalmist but because of the light that shines through the word of God, the Psalmist is able to stick to the path and avoid the snare. The Psalmist doesn’t stray from the word, and hence remains on the proper path.
The troubles and trials that the Psalmist has gone through does not define who he is. It is the Lord’s word that is his heritage, it is the joy of his heart.
Where does the path lead to? It leads to the end of life, and his heart is set on keeping God’s word and remaining on the path.
Teach me Thy way O Lord:
Lord teach us Your ways that we may walk in them. Keep us from stumbling. We have started on the path of obedience, help us to finish well on that path. May staying on the path be our heart’s desire to the glory of our Saviour Jesus Christ in whose name we pray. Amen.