MsDora, a former teacher and Christian counselor, presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.
Theologian R. Tuck’s commentary describes the scene which inspires the Psalmist’s confession: “The streets of the towns are narrow, unlighted, ill-kept, and specially dark at night . . . The causeway often has dangerous holes, and soft muddy places, and great loose stones; and if a man is to pick his way safely, he must not only have a lantern, but hold it right down to his feet, so that its light may guide his next footstep.”
Tuck's explanation is revealing. God’s instructions are not just for our heads to increase our knowledge, to boost our posture of enlightenment, to give us more theories to discuss. God’s light is a practical guide for our actions. It shows us where, and where not, to walk. It prevents us from stumbling over obstacles and sliding down precipices. It helps us be consistent about walking our talk.
This is a call for us to practice shining God’s light on our feet: that is, ensuring that every next step is in accordance with His Word. We may be presently journeying through a storm, through rugged terrain, through enemy territory. The forks in the road may be confusing. We may be wondering whether to walk around or to wade through the messy swamp. No matter the situation, God enables us to stay on the right path, if we ask for His light. “Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me.” (Psalm 43:3)
King David who is credited with the authorship of our study verse also testifies in Psalm 56:13, “So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light.” Our testimony can be the same, if we practice walking through life’s journey with the light of God’s Word next to our feet, influencing every step we take, and preparing us to become the light to others. (Matthew 5: 14-16)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your light of love, wisdom and truth guiding us through life’s journey. Please help us follow till it leads us safely home. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Scripture verses are from the New Living Translation
Ten Encouraging Quotes for Life’s Journey
- “Some things cannot be taught; they must be experienced. You never learn the most valuable lessons in life until you go through your own journey.” ―Roy T. Bennett
- “A difficult journey is spiritual rewarding. There is a more dependence on God, His supernatural power, grace and divine favour along the travel.” ―Lailah Gifty Akita
- “Light reveals us to ourselves, which is not always so great if you find yourself in a big disgusting mess ... But like sunflowers we turn toward light. Light warms, and in most cases it draws us to itself." ―Anne Lamott
- “Blessed are those with cracks in their broken heart because that is how the light gets in.” ―Shannon L. Alder
- “It's funny how, in this journey of life, even though we may begin at different times and places, our paths cross with others so that we may share our love, compassion, observations, and hope. This is a design of God that I appreciate and cherish.” ―Steve Maraboli
- “The tests we face in life's journey are not to reveal our weaknesses but to help us discover our inner strengths. We can only know how strong we are when we strive and thrive beyond the challenges we face.” ―Kemi Sogunle
- “May I share with you a formula that in my judgment will help you and help me to journey well through mortality... First, fill your mind with truth; second, fill your life with service; and third, fill your heart with love.” ―Thomas S. Monson
- “God is not in such a hurry as we are, and it is not his way to give more light on the future than we need for action in the present, or to guide us more than one step at a time.” ―J.I. Packer
- “The longer you journey with your eyes on heaven, the more you begin to see. ―Joni Eareckson Tada
- “None of us can know where our journeys with God will take us even tomorrow - let alone a decade from now - so it's a good idea to spend a few moments each day to connect with God and ask, 'Well, where do you want to take me today?' " ―Jimmy Carter
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