14 of 22 from Psalm 119
Psalm 119:105 has only been a guiding force for me in recent years. (I had never heard this verse before my Salvation. I had NEVER read The Bible.) God has given us this verse so we can obtain the light required to walk in this wicked and sorely evil world.
Our Psalmist testifies to the snares (temptations) that were constantly laid before him. If we are cognizant of our environment, we must also be aware of anything that is laid before us that will keep us from our walk with the Lord. (The world is working to extinguish our light. The world wants us so busy we do not have time to read God’s Word, and consequently dimming The Light of God.)
Does our Psalmist give us a solution? He shows us by his “freewill offerings of my mouth,” (His prayers are how he learns God’s Judgment.) His prayers are not forced, memorized, nor read. They are from his heart and freely spoken to our Lord. He begs God to “Accept, I beseech thee” with freewill prayers. (Now we have a concept of what God also wants from us.)
Historically, it is presumed that King David penned these words and he is our Psalmist. King David was a man “after mine own heart,” and even as a sinner, we should be quoted as being “after mine own heart.”
Reader, the question now is, “Are you after God’s heart? Can you say I have “erred not from thy precepts,” God’s laws, God’s commands?” (To the best of my ability, I cannot. I have walked a very narrow road, but that road hasn’t been narrow enough.) God will provide the protection, but it is our job to define that road. It is our task to follow God’s Commands. He isn’t standing beside the road to correct us. He has given us The Holy Spirit to guide us. We must listen to Him, and be willing to follow His guide.
To a Christian, this verse should be very familiar. Our problem is that we use it as our excuse, our crutch, and we fail to repent and have God’s Word as “a lamp unto my feet.”
As you ponder this devotion, consider where you stand within God’s Will. Ask yourself, Am I using “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path?”
“Christian, this is the day and the time. Repent of your walk, and narrow your path. Seek God through His Son Jesus The Christ. Ask for His forgiveness and His help to narrow your way.”
As the shoe company states, “Just Do It.”
Bro John R. E Chastain