Psalm 119:105 - The Bible Is Our Guide Book To Heaven.

Psa.119:105; The Bible Is Our Guide Book To Heaven.

CONTENT; Translations; Paraphrase; Word Study:

Psa 119:105 (KJV)  Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light 
unto my path. 

Definition of Key Terms
Some eight different Hebrew synonyms are used in referring to 
Scripture. These are: 
Dabar ("word"), a general term for any form of divine revelation.
Torah ("law"), a teaching, indicating a single command, the 
Books of Moses, or all of Scripture. 
Piqqudim ("precepts"), detailed instructions given by God as 
guardian of His people. 
Huqqim ("statutes"), binding laws engraved on a permanent record.
Mispatim ("ordinances"), judgments made by God, containing God's 
judgments concerning man's rights and duties. 
Miswot ("commandments"), orders given by competent authority.
'Edot ("testimonies"), vivid and unmistakable witnesses to man 
of God's will. 
'Imra ("promise"), a term often translated "word," suggesting 
the trustworthiness of divine truth in any form. 
Together these words form a clear picture of the Scriptures. 
They are God's authoritative Word, in which we can have complete 
confidence, and through which we learn to trust God and to live a life 
characterized by godliness. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

The often-used term "law" has the idea of teaching, direction, 
or instruction. The law is the gracious revelation of what God 
wants in order for believers to have fellowship with him. It reveals 
who he is. [New Bible Companion] 

"Word" in this psalm is usually translated "promise." [NIV SB]

Lamp . . . light: Apart from which I could only grope about in 
the darkness. [NIV SB] 

CONTEXT; Overview; Topic:

Psalm 119 The Word of God
Psalm 119 The Law of the Lord

Ps 119  This is the longest psalm, as well as the longest 
chapter of the Bible. It is also a classic example of the acrostic poem. 
The 176 verses of the psalm are divided into 22 stanzas, 
corresponding to the number of letters in the Hebrew alphabet. Each stanza has 
eight verses, and all verses in each stanza begin with the same letter 
of the Hebrew alphabet. The letters are arranged in alphabetical 
order. It is fitting that the longest chapter in the Bible should be a 
hymn of praise magnifying the Word of God. Of its 176 verses, almost 
every verse contains a direct reference to the Word of God. Some eight 
different terms are employed in referring to God's Word-"law," 
"testimonies," "ways," "precepts," "statutes," "commandments," "judgments" 
(ordinances), and "word." [Believer's SB] 

Psalm 119 The longest of the psalms is an acrostic in which each 
group of eight verses begins with the successive letters of the Hebrew 
alphabet. Nearly every verse mentions the law of God directly or by a 
synonym: law, precept, ways, word, commandments, decrees, statutes, 
precepts, promise, ordinances. The psalm praises God for having given the 
law to his people, and records the sustaining, renewing, hopeful and 
admonitory roles that the law fulfills in their lives. [Cambridge Annotated 

Psalm 119 A Torah psalm, an alphabetical psalm: It consists of 
twenty-two stanzas corresponding successively to the letters in the Hebrew 
alphabet. The eight verses of each stanza all begin with the same letter. 
This pattern is maintained throughout the psalm until the alphabet is 
complete. [New Bible Companion] 

This psalm celebrates a revelation which brings delight, because 
each fresh word from God reveals not just information but its Author. 
[The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 


Psalm 18:28 (KJV)  For thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my 
God will enlighten my darkness.  

Psalm 19:8 (KJV)  The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing 
the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the 

Psalm 43:3 (KJV)  O send out thy light and thy truth: let them 
lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy 

Proverbs 6:23 (KJV)  For the commandment is a lamp; and the law 
is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:  

2 Peter 1:19 (KJV)  We have also a more sure word of prophecy; 
whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a 
dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your 


The Bible is a map to guide us. Almost any long trip requires a 
map or guide. As we travel through life, the Bible should be our 
road map, pointing out safe routes, obstacles to avoid, and our final 
destination. We must recognize ourselves as pilgrims, travelers here on earth 
who need to study God's map to learn the way. If we ignore the map, 
we will wander aimlessly through life and risk missing our real 
destination. [Life Application SB] 

To walk safely in the woods at night we need a light so we don't 
trip over tree roots or fall into holes. In this life, we walk 
through a dark forest of evil. But the Bible can be our light to show us 
the way ahead so we won't stumble as we walk. It reveals the 
entangling roots of false values and philosophies. Study the Bible so you 
will be able to see your way clear enough to stay on the right path. 
[Life Application SB] 

The whole Bible is a manifestation of Christ. It is our only 
source of power. GW250,1 

His words are the manna from heaven for the soul to feed upon 
and receive spiritual strength. CT422 

The life of God, which gives life to the world, is in His word. 
It was by His word that Jesus healed disease and cast out demons. 
By His word He stilled the sea and raised the dead; and the people 
bore witness that His word was with power. GW250,1 

The word of God is the standard of character. In giving us this 
word, God has put us in possession of every truth essential to 
salvation. Thousands have drawn water from these wells of life, yet there 
is no diminishing of the supply. GW250,1 

The Bible gives us wisdom. True wisdom goes beyond amassing 
knowledge; it is applying knowledge in a life-changing way. Intelligent or 
experienced people are not necessarily wise. Wisdom comes from allowing what 
God teaches to guide us. [Life Application SB] 

As we search its pages, light enters the heart, illuminating the 
mind. By this light we see what we ought to be.... If we do not consult 
the Guidebook at every step, inquiring, Is this the way of the Lord? 
our words and acts will be tainted by selfishness. We shall forget 
God, and walk in paths that He has not chosen for us.  God's Word is 
full of precious promises and helpful counsel. It is infallible; for 
God cannot err. It has help for every circumstance and condition of 
life, and God looks on with sadness when His children turn from it to 
human aid.  He who through the Scriptures holds communion with God 
will be ennobled and sanctified. As he reads the inspired record of 
the Saviour's love, his heart will melt in tenderness and 
contrition. He will be filled with a desire to be like his Master, to live a 
life of loving service. . . . ML27 

Those whose faith was based on a personal knowledge of the Bible 
had a rock beneath their feet, which the waves of disappointment 
could not wash away. GC394,5 

The Word of God illuminates the way so that men may walk safely 
in the spiritual darkness of this world. He who has this light to 
guide him need not stumble even though his path is beset with evil 
(see 2 Peter 1:19). [SDA Commentary] 

When I think of the guiding function of light, I think of the 
rows of lights that extend along each side of an airport runway. The 
lights show the pilot exactly where the runway is, where it is safe to 
A light is a guide that helps us know the direction that we 
should go. When we follow the light's guidance we are safe. But when we 
"try to land" in the dark, or drive in the dark, or even walk through 
a strange woods in the dark, we soon find ourselves in difficulty. 
We soon discover that we need the guidance of light. 
Jesus came into this world to provide that guidance. And even 
though He has returned to heaven, He has not left us in darkness. He 
has given us His Word as a lamp to guide our feet through the 
complexities of life. 
Christians become lights to those around them when they share 
God's Word with others, not only in their daily lives, but through 
Bible study and other means of sharing the counsel of the Bible.... And 
as we heed the light ourselves, a wonderful thing takes place -- we 
become light for God in a dark world. [Walking With Jesus By Knight] 

We all need a guide through the many strait places in life as 
much as the sailor needs a pilot over the sandy bar or up the rocky 
river, and where is this guide to be found? We point you . . . to the 
Bible.  {FLB 7.2} 
God, has given us His Word as a lamp to our feet and a light to 
our path. Its teachings have a vital bearing on our prosperity in 
all the relations of life. . . .  {FLB 7.3} 
The Bible is the great standard of right and wrong, clearly 
defining sin and holiness. Its living principles, running through our 
lives like threads of gold, are our only safeguard in trial and 
temptation. The Bible is a chart, showing us the waymarks of truth. Those 
who are acquainted with this chart will be enabled to tread with 
certainty in the path of duty, wherever they may be called to go.  {FLB 
When God's Word is made the man of our counsel, when we search 
the Scriptures for light, heavenly angels come near to impress the 
mind and to enlighten the understanding, so that it can be truly 
said, "The entrance of thy words giveth light. . . ." Ps. 119:130.  
{FLB 7.7} 
The Word of God is light and truth. . . . It is able to guide 
every step of the way to the city of God. {FLB 7.8} 

As the miner digs for the golden treasure in the earth, so 
earnestly, persistently, must we seek for the treasure of God's word. In 
daily study the verse-by-verse method is often most helpful. Let the 
student take one verse and concentrate his mind on ascertaining the 
thought that God has put into that verse for him, and then dwell upon 
the thought until it becomes his own. One passage thus studied until 
its significance becomes clear is of more value than the perusal of 
many chapters with no definite purpose in view and no positive 
instruction gained.  CT461 

This is a dark world and the only dependable light is the Word 
of God (2 Peter 1:19-21). It leads us a step at a time, as we walk 
in obedience. First John 1:5-10 tells us we walk in the light as we 
obey His Word. [Wiersbe Expository Outlines]