Today’s great because there are verses in each reading that really resonate with me and I want to share with you why they resonate with me and how they are still applicable today.
Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.
Though I constantly take my life in my hands,
I will not forgot your law.
Psalm 119:105 & 109
Light and dark are common themes in the Bible. To simplify it: The World (and all the sin that it has) is dark and the Lord (with all His Truth, Grace, and Mercy) is light.
The author here knows that the World is filled with darkness. Imagine walking down a dark hallway–you can’t see in front of you, behind you, or either side of you. Now imagine there was a suddenly light just enough for you to see the next step forward. So you step. Then another light shows you where to step next. On and on and on.
That’s what it’s like to have the Word as a lamp that guides you.
A little further down I love it because the author admits that he tries to take his life into his hands (and if you tell me you’ve never tried to control you’re life I am not afraid to call you a liar) and he knows taking his life into his own hands because he uses the the word “though.” So, despite the author trying to control his life, he cannot forget the laws of God and the Word of the Lord keeps guiding him–even when he wants to take a side step.
I know I’ve side-stepped; but because the Word of the Lord is tattooed on my heart and I belong to the Lord through Christ His bright light will always guide my path back to Him.
“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground”
There are a lot of ideas about bare feet when it comes to the Lord: we were created naked and so our feet were in constant contact with the earth, to go on holy ground the Old Testament men were to take off their sandals, and Jesus’s gift of washing feet requires the removal of sandals.
In my narrative English based brain what I see is a connection to God when we take off our shoes–a chance to experience what God wanted for us before sin entered.
It also reminds me of this spoken word, which you should listen to because it’s awesome.
The Romans verse needs to be read in full Romans 2 context to really understand what Paul is saying.
The main point of Romans 2 is declaring God’s grace, His lack of favoritism, and that because of Christ the Jew and the Gentile are equal. The beginning of Romans 2 reminds us not to judge others.