READ: Psalm 119
BACKGROUND: Fun fact about Psalm 119 – and the reason it’s so long: It is an acrostic of the Hebrew alphabet. Each one of its 22 stanzas corresponds to a letter of the alphabet – in order – and the first word in each stanza starts with that letter. Some of your Bibles may have the stanzas labeled as Aleph, Beth, Gimel, etc. Those aren’t words with any specific meaning; they’re transliterations of the letters of the alphabet.
THINK: A short thought after a long Psalm:
Every year our youth group goes on a fall retreat at a camp in northern Minnesota. It is a rustic camp, and that’s part of the appeal. But late at night I find that the rustic flavor really loses it’s appeal for me personally as we all attempt to trek back to cabins after the chapel service. Why? Because there aren’t any lights. And the trails are muddy and full of holes. And sometimes those holes are full of water. And sometimes those “trails” are full of trees because you lost the trail in the dark.
It can be a hazardous trek. And back in the day before everyone had an LED flashlight on their smartphone – which was only a few years ago believe it or not – it was easy to step in holes, twist your ankle, get your shoes all wet and muddy, or walk into tree branches. Now, it’s not so dangerous. The trails are still pitch-black but a bunch of LED cell phone lights help everyone to see the perils that lie ahead.
Psalm 119:105 is one of the most famous verses in the Bible for a reason. That reason is this: it’s pretty accurate. God’s word is a lamp for our feet and a light for our path. Anyone who’s ever walked a dark path knows how valuable light can be. And ALL of us ought to know that life can be a dark, treacherous, perilous journey filled with obstacles and potholes around every turn. God’s word lights the way for us so that we can avoid those and live the lives we were created for.
We cannot possibly overvalue the importance of the Word of God in our lives. How are you making it a priority in yours?
PRAY: Thank God for his Word today! Thank him for lighting the way and guiding us through the darkness.
LIVE: If you haven’t done so already, memorize Psalm 119:105. If you already know that one by heart, pick a different verse out of Psalm 119 to memorize (you have plenty to choose from).