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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.105-112

Psalm 119:105-112
Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
I have sworn and I will confirm it, That I will keep Your righteous ordinances.
I am exceedingly afflicted; Revive me, O Lord, according to Your word.
O accept the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord, And teach me Your ordinances.
My life is continually in my hand, Yet I do not forget Your law.
The wicked have laid a snare for me, Yet I have not gone astray from Your precepts.
I have inherited Your testimonies forever, For they are the joy of my heart.
I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes Forever, even to the end.
Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

Throughout Psalm 119 the writer has told us over and over again how much he delights in the word of God. In this section he draws on a wonderful analogy of light. God’s word is a lamp (v. 105) or light that guides him on the pathway of righteousness. This does more than express delight but the actual use of God’s word in obedient action. It’s one thing to say, “God’s word is important” but quite another to actually live by it consistently. The writer strongly commits to living by the word in verse 106 by declaring his allegiance and vow to living out the Bible.

Because of this delight in God’s word and vow to live by it, the writer declares how the word helps in specific ways:

First, the Bible helps in times of afflictions (v. 107). When we are down for the count the word of God revives us and lifts us up. We are able to offer our God the offerings of our mouth (v. 108) because we are able to quote scriptures back to our Lord in the form of praise.  And, as we speak out loud the praises of God, it releases God’s power in our situations of afflictions. What a powerful reason to love and know God’s ordinances. It revives us.

Second, when others ensnare us or want to harm us the writer reminds us to stay in the Bible (v. 110). We are to stay focused on the testimonies of God (v. 111). Joy returns when we reflect on the witness of God through His word. He is more powerful than our enemies.

Even in difficult times the word of God revives and brings joy. So the Psalmist concludes this section as he began it. He will not only treasure the word of God but perform it (v. 112). May this encourage us today to study and reflect on the thoughts of God but in the end resolve to do them obediently.

Weekly Memory Verse: O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.  Psalm 119:97