The Lamp of Psalm 119, Nun

Although the previous section of Psalm 119 contained two well-known verses, this section shines with the radiance of another well-known verse:

 Your word is a lamp to my feet
   and a light to my path (105, ESV).

God’s word is the lantern that illuminates our walk through this dark world. We must clutch his word and always hold it before  us.

Like the psalmist, we need to make a conscious decision to obey.

I have sworn an oath and confirmed it,
   to keep your righteous rules (106, ESV).

Even in severe affliction, we can cling to God’s life-giving word and praise God.

I am severely afflicted;
    give me life, O LORD, according to your word!
Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O LORD,
   and teach me your rules (107-108, ESV).

The psalmist praises and prays as his life ebbs away. He feels as if he holds life by his fingertips and his grip slips.

I hold my life in my hand continually,
   but I do not forget your law (109, ESV).

In spite of this tenuous hold on life, he still remembers God’s law. And despite traps and temptations, he does not stray from God’s commands.

The wicked have laid a snare for me,
   but I do not stray from your precepts (110, ESV).

God’s word is his heritage and joy; he determines to remain faithfully obedient for the rest of his life, whenever God in his inscrutable wisdom calls him home.

Your testimonies are my heritage forever,
   for they are the joy of my heart.
I incline my heart to perform your statutes
   forever, to the end (111-112, ESV).

Are you walking in a dark place? Do you feel as if your grip is about to slip? Are traps being laid for you? Hold onto God’s word! Let it light the way before you.


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