Psalm 119:105 - Light For A Dark World. [addendum]

Psalm 119:105 - Light For A Dark World.  [addendum]

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

Left to ourselves, we often don't know which way leads to life 
and which way ends in death; we remain in the dark. But God's Word 
provides us with a searchlight to cut through the darkness and lead us to 
safety. [Life Principles SB By Charles Stanley] 

   Arthur Hays Sulzberger was the publisher of the New York 
Times during the Second World War. Because of the world conflict, he 
found it almost impossible to sleep. He was never able to banish 
worries from his mind until he adopted as his motto these five 
words--"one step enough for me"--taken from the hymn "Lead Kindly Light." 
   God isn't going to let you see the distant scene either. So 
you might as well quit looking for it. He promises a lamp unto our 
feet, not a crystal ball into the future. We do not need to know what 
will happen tomorrow. 
   God is leading you. Leave tomorrow's problems until tomorrow. 
[Grace For The Moment SB By Max Lucado] 

   In this portion of Psalm 119 we can join the psalmist in 
thanking God for his Word, not only because it gives us understanding and 
discernment we would otherwise lack but because through it God provides 
light for every aspect of our lives--relationships, families, careers, 
ministries. The Word is vital if we are to walk in confidence and faith in 
Christ. It guides us into discovering God's plan for us and helps us to 
keep away from false ways of life. The darker the world around us 
grows, the more important it is to follow God's light and obey his 
Word. We rarely get a giant searchlight on the future or a panorama of 
what lies ahead. Instead, God leads us with just the light we need to 
move forward and make a decision, to take the next step. As we read 
these verses today, let us commit ourselves to following God's Word as 
the psalmist did. In it we will find the path of life. 
   LORD, I want to delight in your Word, to obey it, and to 
commit myself to walking in the light it provides. I praise you that 
your Word lights the path at my feet so that I don't have to wander 
in the darkness. Guide me today with your wonderful Word. [Praying 
Through The Bible By Fuller] 

   A. W. Tozer observes, "Most of us go through life praying a 
little, planning a little, hoping but never certain of anything, and 
secretly afraid that we'll miss the way."  
   If that describes our outlook on life, Tozer urges us instead 
to "believe actively" that our heavenly Father is providing for us 
in ways that bring blessings to our souls. We want to see ahead and 
we worry about what's coming. Yet when through earnest prayer we 
exchange our natural concerns for trust in God's care, we breathe a sigh 
of relief. We won't miss his best if we place our worries in his 
   We find many promises of God's guidance and care in the 
Scriptures. For instance, the Amplified Bible translates portions of Isaiah 
42:16 and 45:2 this way: "I will bring the blind by a way that they 
know not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known. I will 
make darkness into light before them and make uneven places into a 
plain.... I will go before you and level the mountains [to make the 
crooked places straight]."  
   This is the intention God has toward his people who call on 
him and who follow him. What's ahead for each of us? As we move into 
the future with what Tozer calls "active believing," God illuminates 
the way.  
   Jesus says in John 8: 12, "I am the light of the world. If 
you follow me, you won't have to walk in darkness, because you will 
have the light that leads to life" (NLT)... 
   Our circumstances may be dark, and our faith may be dim. But 
we ask the Lord to light our pathway one step at a time. Tozer says 
this is always the challenge as we face our troubles: "God constantly 
encourages us to trust him in the dark."  
   Lord, I trust you, for you have been faithful in so many 
ways. Help me to pray and trust even more so that my confidence in you 
is strong and I can help others to trust in your care.  
   Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. 
Psalm 119:105 NLT  [The One Year Book of Encouragement by Harold 

In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never 
failed to give me light and strength. Robert E. Lee (1807-1870)  


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