One of the most famous Bible verses is Psalm 119:105 (AMP): Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. There are songs about it and almost everybody – it seems like it – knows it by heart. I’ve always loved it too but today I read it in the Message paraphrase and saw it very differently afterwards.
By your words I can see where I’m going;
they throw a beam of light on my dark path.
(Psalm 119:105, MSG)
I felt like the Word of God that shows me the way is Jesus himself. That it’s not just some sort of physical light or wisdom literature, it’s the Lord of Light himself that is all the time with me. That Jesus is conversing with me and guiding and coaching me through the life.
And I felt very special in God’s eyes. Like a treasured child of God that we all are. This is what a loving relationship with God is all about: walking and talking with Jesus and learning from him along the way.
When we converse with the Word of God, it discovers to us something we could not have otherwise known about ourselves and God. It shows us what we are missing in faith and life. It warns us of dangers, keeps us on the right path. It directs us in work and play.
The Word of God is more than an ancient text.
The Word of God is more than wisdom.
The Word of God is the son of God with us.
But this lamp – Jesus – is given for us to be used for direction. We need to sit down with Jesus and talk, ask questions and listen. That way we can see where we are going and where we need to be going. That way we steadily advance on the pilgrim’s way. That way we can better hear the voices of God’s kingdom. That way we can celebrate even while in afflictions.
Because God is real.
Because God loves us.
Because God is with us.
Thank you for giving us Jesus.
Draw us into your Light.
We bask in your Love.
We praise you for saving us,
guiding us and equipping us
to make it home to you.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Are you friends with the Word of God?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you bask in God’s Light and Love!