“Your word is a lamp that guides my steps a light that shows the path I should take.”
ERV (Easy Read Version) Psalm 119:105
On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, I was at the Best Buy store. From my vantage point I could see long checkout lines and then I noticed a line of blue tape on the floor. This blue line came down one aisle, turned down the other aisle along the wall right under the feet of those standing in the checkout line. This blue line was there to guide the masses of people through the store to the back of the checkout line toward the cashiers.
The above Scripture passage indicates that Jesus uses a “blue tape” to guide us also. Throughout the 119th Psalm words like walk, feet, keep, and observe are used repeatedly conveying the author’s sincere longing to stick close the Lord. The very first verse of Psalm 119 states, “How blessed are those whose way is blameless…” Throughout this Psalm we are given directions as to how that blameless way is made.
The Psalmist says that the Word of God is a lamp that guides my steps. The words of God are like personal counselors (v.24). The Psalmist goes onto say that we need the Lord to “…teach me Your statutes. Make me understand the way of Your precepts (v25-26)…” We often use the expression, “What’s the next step” when making important decisions. The Psalmist encourages us to let the lamp of God’s Word guide our steps. Have you ever been at a fork in the road or maybe at a “crossroads” in life? Those times came very challenging as you consider the different possibilities as well as the short and long term effects of the different paths you may travel. The Psalmist gives us great courage, counsel, comfort to let the word of God be a light that will show you the path to take.
This Psalm has 175 verses of longing and loving the laws of the Lord. The 176 verse closes the Psalm like this, “I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant.” Here is a picture of our spiritual battle as Christians on this earth. Our new nature longs to be obedient to the Word. Our old nature’s tendency is to stray, get lost, and completely unable to find home again. The born again nature knows that the tendency of God is to “seek.” So born again children of God confess that we want to love and obey the laws of God but don’t always do that. We confess that we are like lost sheep in desperate need of the Good Shepherd to seek us and bring us back to the His fold.
The Light of God’s Word,