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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”—Psalm 119:105 (NIV)
Let’s break down this verse by likening it to a microscope and a telescope, respectively. The author first says, “Your word”—the word being the Word of God which convicts us of wrong living, corrects us, edifies us to move forward, and encourages us to run our race and finish well. In order for us to stay on the right path and not stumble or fall, it’s important we keep the Word of God in our hearts.
The first part of the verse continues on by saying “is a lamp for my feet.” Here, the lamp is like a microscope—a tool we use to inspect things closely. A lamp gives off just enough light for our feet so we can see where we’re going as we make our way towards God’s calling for us (Philippians 3:14)
The second part of this verse says, “a light on my path.” Now in this part, the light is like a telescope—a tool that allows us to see things that are extremely far away close up. It enables us to see a specific path we should aim to, not veer from.
As we grow in our Christian faith, we become more aware of God’s promises for our distant future. For example, our eternity in heaven is a distant promise. So, by reading the Word of God, we can get a glimpse of the future He promises, but we also see the path taken by those who have gone before us. Hebrews 11:13 (NIV) tells us, “They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.”
We can also believe in the future promise Jesus made us in John 14:2–3 (NKJV) which says, “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” We might not see it yet, but it’s coming, and the path the telescope points toward will lead us there.
In both instances, the word that is the lamp to our feet and the light to our path is not only the Word of God, but also our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, “the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world” (John 1:9 NKJV). That light is in everyone who comes to Jesus and submits to His authority. Submit to Him and let His light burn bright in you so others will see and want to step onto the path alongside you.
Pause: Consider your walk with the lamp to your feet as you grow closer to God while looking forward to the promise of eternal life. Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NKJV).
Practice: Get into the Word of God more. Let it bring the conviction and correction you need to grow. Let Scripture edify you, so you have something to share with others. Be encouraged knowing you’re not alone in any of this. Find a community you trust for guidance and support as you run your race.
Pray: Holy Father, open my eyes to the truth of Your Word as You teach me to be obedient to Your will. Bring conviction where needed and correction to help train me in righteousness. Teach me to use Your Word not only to edify me but to edify those around me so I may magnify You and bring You glory in all I do. In Jesus name, amen!
Pastor Gary Adyniec is a graduate of Calvary Chapel Bible College. He holds an associate's degree in Biblical Theology and has served as a police chaplain. Gary and his wife Vicki are foster parents currently serving their 19th foster child.