Your Word is a Lamp to My Feet

Text: Psalm 119:105-112

Fourteenth stanza of Psalm 119 – This lesson is about the guidance we receive from the word of God. Many people wonder why we are here and where we are going. The Bible provides the answers for us and guides us in the path we should go.

God’s Word is a Light (v. 105)

  • God’s word is called a light because it reveals things that would otherwise be hidden – there is a limit to what man can know (Psalm 119:96); we cannot know our origin or final destination apart from God’s word, but we seek answers (Acts 17:25-27; Ecclesiastes 3:11)
  • Lamp to our feet – shows us where we are; made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27); fallen into sin (John 16:8); in need of a Savior (Ephesians 2:12-13)
  • Light to our path – shows us where we are going; all men are going to the judgment seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10); after that, there are two options (Matthew 25:31-33, 46); God’s word shows us the path to take to reach the reward (Matthew 7:21, 13-14)
  • Without God’s word, we walk in darkness (Jeremiah 10:23) – those who lead without God’s word are blind guides of the blind (Matthew 15:14)
  • We should never think the word of God is unnecessary, yet many religious people act like it is – they live their lives according to what “seems right” to them (Proverbs 14:12), believe whatever sounds good to them (Romans 16:17-18), teach what others want to hear (2 Timothy 4:3-4), and serve God according to their own will (Colossians 2:23)
  • Foreshadowing of Christ – He is the Word (John 1:1) and the Light of the world (John 8:12); He came to lead us out of darkness (John 12:46; Colossians 1:13)

We Must Be Committed to Obeying God’s Word (v. 106)

  • David swore with an oath to keep God’s word – we are obligated to live righteously (Romans 8:10-13)
  • Christians make a “good confession” when they obey the gospel (1 Timothy 6:12; Acts 8:37) – that is a commitment to obey (Matthew 28:18-20)
  • His ordinances are righteous – righteousness of God is revealed in His word (Romans 1:16)

We Must Follow God’s Path Despite Adversity (v. 107, 109-110)

  • We need a light to our path (v. 105) because darkness is all around us – the world is “the domain of darkness” (Colossians 1:13)
  • Stay on the path that God’s word shows to us – despite being “exceedingly afflicted” (v. 107), near death (v. 109), and being hunted by the wicked (v. 110)
  • God’s word is life (v. 107) – do not forget His law (v. 109) and go astray from His precepts (v. 110)

We Must Offer Praise to God (v. 108)

  • David offered praise to God because His word guided him – freewill offerings
  • We serve God willingly (cf. 2 Corinthians 9:7) – offer praise to Him (Hebrews 13:15)

To Follow God’s Word is Our Heritage (v. 111-112)

  • Heritage – something of value that is passed down through an inheritance from one generation to another
  • God’s word is our heritage (v. 111) – recognize the great blessing that it is
  • Not something new – good for every generation (Acts 2:38-39); therefore, we can follow it “forever, even to the end” (Galatians 1:6-9; 2 Timothy 4:7-8)

Conclusion

  • There is darkness all around us – but God’s word is a light to us
  • We must follow the path in which He guides us

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