Sunday, October 14, 2012

A Lamp and a Light

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. I’ve promised it once, and I’ll promise it again; I will obey your righteous regulations. I have suffered much, O Lord; restore my life again as you promised. Lord, accept my offering of praise, and teach  me your regulations. My life constantly hangs in the balance, but I will not stop obeying your instructions. The wicked have set their traps for me, but I will not turn from your commandments. Your laws are my treasure; they are my heart’s delight. I am determined to keep your decrees to the very end. Psalm 119: 105-112 NLT

Although I am quite familiar with the first verse of this section of Psalm 119, the remainder is not so familiar. Amy Grant sang the first verse in one of her first recordings. Michael W. Smith wrote the song. You can listen to it here.. I don’t hear the remainder of the verses in the song. 

The psalmist speaks of being in trouble (again) and asking for God’s rescue. Yet, even in the midst of danger, the psalmist promises that he won’t turn from God. He is determined to keep God’s decrees until the very end -- no matter what happens. 

Are you so convicted in Jesus Christ that you can promise to keep true to him to the very end -- no matter what happens? What if you were under torture? Or if someone you loved was under threat of being killed depending on what you said? Could you keep true to Jesus regardless? I don’t believe many of us will have that happen to us yet we are as easily mislead from God in the simplest life circumstances. 

Are you determined to keep God’s laws until the very end? 

God, may your word be a light to our path and a lamp to our feet no matter where we travel. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Copyright Amelia G. Sims 2012

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