105 Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.
106 I have solemnly sworn to keep Your righteous judgments.
107 I am severly afflicted; LORD give me life through Your word.
108 LORD, please accept my willing sacrifice of praise, and teach me Your judgments.
109 My life is constantly in danger, yet I do not forget Your instructions.
110 The wicked have set a trap for me, but I have not wandered from Your precepts.
111 I have Your decrees as a heritage forever; indeed, they are the joy of my heart.
112 I am resolved to obey Your statutes to the very end.
While driving down the road at night, it is important for me to turn the lights on. I can’t see how to drive in the dark without lights. In the same way, there is spiritual darkness in the world. We can’t see the right way to go without the word of God illuminating our path. God’s word shows us where the potholes are in the road and where the ditches are. His word shines light on how to deal with those difficult places in life–those potholes in the road. It clearly shows how to steer clear of the ditches in life–the places that catch us and derail us from continuing on our trip. For example, the Bible teaches to avoid disastrous situations such as becoming involved in an affair or getting caught up with the wrong crowd. God’s word is a light that shines more brightly the more we read it. When deciding which way to go in life, we need large doses to see the path clearly.
I am severely afflicted; LORD, give me life through Your word. Here again, we see the writer acknowledge his need for God’s help. He also realizes how he should get help. Help comes through the word of God. People often think that their situation is different. They are in so much pain or trouble that surely God would not expect them to follow the instructions in the Bible. In difficult situations when telling the truth is difficult, we are so often tempted to lie. In a difficult marriage where there seems to be no hope, we are willing to divorce even when there has been no adultery or abuse. Difficult situations can not be solved by avoiding the painful task of obedience to God’s word. They just get worse. Just as you can’t get out of debt until you stop spending, you can’t solve those deep problems in life without obedience to God’s word.
LORD, please accept my willing offerings of praise. The writer is praising God during a time when his life is in danger. He is not whining and blaming God. He is praising God for the blessings in his life. Instead of only seeing his pain, he can still see the good things in his life. The study of God’s word has lit a lamp so that he can see the positive things in his life. So often during our times of pain, we are blinded to our blessings. Our focus becomes so intense on our difficulties that we can not see God’s goodness. We need to study God’s word so that our mind becomes more like the mind of Christ. As we learn about God, we can begin to better see things from His perspective. God can see everything from His viewpoint–our blessings and our pain. May God’s word shine into our lives so that we can clearly see His goodness.
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- Benefits of God’s Discipline (mainwriters.com)
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