Today’s Readings: click here – Psalm 119:105-112; Deuteronomy 32:1-10; Romans 15:14-21 (to open the scripture links – hover over, right click, open hyperlink)
Our reading in Psalms 119 today, begins with verse 105, with words to a hymn that I fell in love with right from the beginning; ‘Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path’. It was one of the first Christian songs I would sing in the shower. Hearing this brings me right back to those early days of my faith journey and oh how I love to embrace those memories; a time when feeling new and alive was a spark to a forever flame. Like many songs, hymns and scriptures, back then I didn’t quite understand their full meaning or how they would weave amid the fibers of my heart and soul. God’s word truly is the lamp within me and that lamp is the light on the path before me. God’s light. I began to embrace that light more and more, trusting it and calling upon Him as I would fill with God’s light and love through His word, song and prayer; changing me, and pouring out strength and confidence with His light upon my path.
The word of God directs us in our work and way, and a dark place indeed the world would be without it. The commandment is a lamp kept burning with the oil of the Spirit, as a light to direct us in the choice of our way, and the steps we take in that way.
David continues that because of God’s goodness, he keeps his word and commandments in focus and close at heart. It appears easy to see how we would want to always strive to live out God’s plan according to His will, word and His blessings. The hard part is that we are human and obscurities veil us, that keeping our eyes on the prize becomes somewhat demanding to remain focused on His love, grace, and mercy. In the end, it is eternally rewarding.
Deuteronomy 32 is one of the many songs that were given by God to Moses to write. Here we listen and are reminded of Israel’s rebellion, and as a witness to God for their rebellion. It begins divinely with God commanding the heavens and earth to listen to the words of His mouth, and in doing so His teaching and doctrine drops as the gentle and perfect rain. As we read and witness the authority written with every word, our hearts are cleansed and shaped to identify God’s mighty love and purpose for us. This in itself is comforting.
In Romans 15, Paul is reminding us the importance of being filled with the Holy Spirit and to share the GOOD NEWS of the Gospel, always, whenever and wherever we are. We never know when we may cross paths with someone who has never heard such a message. Or possibly someone who carries excruciating heavy burdens and can see no way out; but hearing God’s message of His son Jesus and the salvation and freedom His love extends, could be life changing, life saving. We may never know how many lives are saved because we share the gospel, but what a feeling it leaves when we do.
So never pass up opportunities to speak God’s word, truth and love with others, either through word, prayer or actions. We have to trust that our works are God breathed. We set the foundation and He does the rest. It’s like cleaning a dirty window so God’s light can shine and Jesus can take captive their heart. That is the grandeur plan after all.
Enjoy a few songs – let them speak to your heart this day.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, as we read and study scripture we know you are the lamp within us that lights our path. Let us not lose sight of that and always be on our guard, ready to share the Good News of the freedom and salvation we have in you, Jesus. Keep our light bright, our path lit, our hearts attentive, and our eyes wide open. Come Lord Jesus, let your Holy Spirit fill us now and always. AMEN!