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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.129-136

Psalm 119.129-136
Your testimonies are wonderful;

Therefore my soul observes them.

The unfolding of Your words gives light;

It gives understanding to the simple.

I opened my mouth wide and panted,

For I longed for Your commandments.

Turn to me and be gracious to me,

After Your manner with those who love Your name.

Establish my footsteps in Your word,

And do not let any iniquity have dominion over me.

Redeem me from the oppression of man,

That I may keep Your precepts.

Make Your face shine upon Your servant,

And teach me Your statutes.

My eyes shed streams of water,

Because they do not keep Your law.

 

If you planned well (like Dan Davidson) and traveled somewhere to be in the path of the total solar eclipse yesterday, then you witnessed a verse from today’s psalm play out before your eyes. Even for those of us who watched on a screen, seeing the sky grow so quickly dark and the temperature drop in the middle of the day, without the benefit clouds, was dramatic. One TV reporter on the beach in South Carolina was almost at a loss for words as the excited crowd around her became silent at the point of totality. But after a few minutes of darkness, the moon continued past and the sun’s light unfolded, providing it’s warmth and visibility once again.

 

In today’s passage David writes, “The unfolding of Your words gives light”. Like the sun, the light of God’s word is something we can so easily take for granted. But without it, we will surely stumble around in spiritual darkness. As the sun gives warmth, the light of God’s word gives understanding. David longs for God’s face to shine upon him, so that his footsteps would be established in God’s word. It is only by the light of God’s word that we can truly see ourselves and see the world. In the words of Matthew Henry, “The Scriptures show us what we were, what we are, and what we shall be. They show us the mercy and the justice of the Lord, the joys of heaven and the pains of hell.”

 

You probably heard many warnings before the eclipse about not staring directly into the sun because it’s harmful to our eyes. In contrast, if we don’t look intently into the light of God’s word, it’s harmful to our lives. May the light of God’s word unfold in your life today!

 

Weekly Memory Verse:  The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119.130