Psalm 119 is a beast–it is 176 verses long and divided into 22 sections (one for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet). So I’m going to divide it up, and write about my observations from each section, and see how each can help me continue to walk the road less traveled. Today, the “Nun” section:
Our house is in the midst of a makeover (we’re getting ready to sell it). Some rooms are finished (our master bath looks amazing). Some rooms look like they threw up (our bedroom, in places, only has a path to walk through). I tend to stay up later than Laura some nights, and when I come to bed I need to turn the light on in the stairwell so that I can map out my journey from steps to bed, which can be treacherous (I’ve stubbed my toe many times). It helps to have a light when you’re unsure of what’s in the path ahead of you.
In this section of Psalm 119, the author again writes about his commitment to keep God’s commands even though life is chaotic and dangerous. He opens this section with these words,
Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.
Think about this for a second. The author says that God’s word lights his feet–what is immediately in front of him. It also illuminates his path–what is further ahead of him. He can navigate his path–his life–because God’s word gives him light to walk by.
The Bible is, first and foremost, about Jesus. Everything in the Bible points us to Jesus. Jesus call Himself the light of the world. He illuminates our life, bringing light into our darkness. As we get into our Bibles and wrestles with its message, our lives (if we allow it) are illuminated by its message, and thus illuminated by Jesus. In order for our lives to be illuminated–for today, tomorrow, and far into the future–we have to leave the light on. We have to regularly get into our Bibles.
I know this is starting to sound like a scratched CD. The last few blog posts have been about getting into our Bibles. But it is important. It is the primary way God speaks to us, and it opens up doors for us to speak with Him as the darkness of our lives are illuminated by its message.
The question for us, then, is this: are we trying to navigate our lives in the dark, or are we allowing God to illuminate the way for us through regular interaction with what He has revealed to us in the Bible?