Be DIRECTED daily through GOD’S WORD
June 24 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapter 119
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." (Psalms 119:105)
Psalms 119 is the longest psalm in the Bible and contains meditations on the excellencies of the Word of God. This psalm is divided into twenty-two parts or stanzas, denoted by the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Each stanza contains eight verses, and the first letter of each verse is that which gives name to the stanza. The Word of God is alluded to in almost every one of the 176 verses by the words “law,” “statutes,” “ways,” “precepts,” “decrees,” “commands,” “word,” and “promise.” The lesson to be learned above all others is that knowledge and practical application of the Word will keep one from sin and thus enable him to know and serve God appropriately (119:9, 11, 92, 98, 105, 130, 133, 176). God has revealed Himself in Scripture, and only in that revelation can one find forgiveness, life, and meaning. Above all, God’s word is wholly sufficient for godly living.
R.C. Sproul, in his famous book ‘Pleasing God’, tells us that for real sanctification to occur in our lives, three absolute changes are necessary. There must be a change in our consciousness, convictions and conscience. Consciousness involves knowledge. Before we can willfully do what God commands and what pleases Him, we must first understand what God requires. Conviction is the knowledge that is settled, and that which penetrates our conscience. Our conscience is the inner voice that either accuses or excuses us, but we can train it in the direction of self-approval and is not totally reliant. For our conscience to function in godly ways, it must be influenced by godly convictions, which is sharpened only through reading and meditating on God’s word daily.
Through His Word, God wants to direct us daily. His Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light to our path. When we look forward by using the light provided by God’s Word, we will not stumble in the dark. All we need is the light ahead to take the next step forward, and God’s Word is able to do that if we read, meditate, memorize and delight ourselves in His Word every day. Daily focus on God’s Word and constant meditation are the keys to our godly success. Then, we will not slip into the pit holes of bitterness and despair as we look at Jesus while running our race everyday with the light shed through God’s Word.