Led by the Scriptures

Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

As the people gathered to hear Ezra read the Word of God, they discovered a feast that they had failed to observe; “And they found written in the law which the Lord had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths in the feast of the seventh month” (Nehemiah 8:14). The last time Israel had observed this feast was in the days of Joshua. It was not that they did not want to keep the feast; they just did not know it was required. That day the people were led by the Scriptures to do the will of God. Just like the children of Israel, we too are to be led by the Scriptures. In Psalm 119:105, the Psalmist reveals two great truths about the Word of God, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”  The first thing revealed is the value of the instrument, “lamp unto my feet.” The psalmist contrasts the Word of God to an oil lamp. Surrounded by the darkness of this world how is the believer to know where it is safe to step? The answer is God’s Word! It is the instrument God has provided to dispel the darkness and dispatch peace to our hearts. Secondly the psalmist reveals the value of the illumination, “light unto my path.” The word “light” means illumination, luminary in every sense including light and happiness. The word “path” means a beaten track or pathway. The Word of God not only dispels the darkness, but discerns the direction. The Word of God directs every believer in the safe way and the selected way. God’s will for every believer is that they be conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. It is the Word that God uses to lead us in the path of Christ and to be conformed to the pattern of Christ.