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The Lamp Unto My Feet!

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

How prophetic are these words! I often wonder if the psalmist knew that his words were the foretelling of Jesus and how He is the lamp that gives light to our path into righteousness. I do know that what he was writing was on the following of the “Book of Teaching,” the words of God to His people while wandering in the wilderness. By the constant endeavor to grasp the meaning of the book of Deuteronomy, the people of the Old Testament walked in the darkness of those who dominated over them. The youth of Judea who were captive in Babylon like Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego stayed faithful. Esther and her uncle Mordicai, as well as Elisha while being pursued by Jezebel, did not waver in the service to God by living in trust of God’s Word given to them and by the love of the law and traditions that separated them from the pagans and their false beliefs. They all suffered at the hands of their tormentors yet each was lifted up and given honor in their places. While they lived in Nations that rejected God and His Word, they remained faithful and lived within the understandings of God’s purpose. To them, the Word of God was the Lamp that gave light to their lives and preserved them in times of conflict. They lived in the Grace that comes from learning what God sought for the lives of men.

But for all their obedience and diligence to the Word of the law, they did not know Him who was to be called the “Word.” They related to the written word of the Law anticipating that a redeemer, a rescuer and savior would come but that was not their reason they followed the Word. They loved their God and because of that love, they wanted to serve Him in righteousness. While they were not aware of the Living Word, they remained faithful to the Written Word and lived in it so that the people of God might know the the living testament of God’s Grace and Mercy was to come.

In the words of Jesus, “I am the way, the truth and the life,”(John 14:6) we can come to believe in the Living Word that is the light unto our path. Jesus told us that He did not come to replace the written Word, the “Book of Teaching,” but came to fulfill the law [of atonement] so that we could walk in righteousness and without condemnation. He tell us that we are the light of the world, the bearers of the lamp of righteousness and goodness so that the world may not walk blindly in darkness of sin. “Let your light shine before others— so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven.” (Matthew 5:14,16). So as the psalmist says, “A light unto my feet,” the light of Christ is the light that we bear for the world. It is the light that leads us and we are to be conveyors of the Light of Christ before others that they may see what is right and just before God.

Because Jesus fulfilled the Law and we are to be the fulfilment of Christ’s perfected way, we are the light in the darkness of the world. In these days of world wide persecution, we are to rally to the light and aid each other in the spreading of the Truth that is the Gospel. Christ, as He directs our path, lights the way so that we can see the pitfalls of human fraility and the snares of sin. “Everything that is now hidden or secret will eventually be brought to light. Anyone who is willing to hear should listen and understand.” (Mark 4:22 NLT) All the mysteries of the Old Testament will be revealed and the lies of man will be found out. God has revealed the Truth of the Word of the Law by the life of Jesus and He has shown us that through His Love we are cleansed. No longer is it impossible to please God, no longer is God’s will incomprehensible and unattainable but we may walk in Light and Understanding. By Christ we may know the way of God, made visible so that man may grasp the goodness of God and see what is right in His Eyes. Man can now distinguish what God has revealed from what the world wants us to believe. Darkness of sin can not hide under the Lamp of Grace. By the Spirit of God bestowed on us through the blood of Christ, we recognize what is darkness and what is Light.

The Word of God created the Universe. The Word of God is the reason, the logic and the design, and it was GOOD! The very word that John uses to start his gospel is the same word used to mean logic, reasoning and authority. “And the Word was made Flesh.” (John 1:14). The Word (Jesus) is life. He existed before anything else, He created life and all things. He created light and is the light of men. That same light is the breath of God that gave life to creation and breathed life into man. Not only the life of existence but the eternal life of Salvation and Sanctification. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness (Satan) has not overcome it. (John 1:5) The true light, which enlightens everyone was coming into the world. John 1:9) And from His fullness we have received grace upon grace… grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:16-17 ESV).” The True Light was sought by the prophets, David, Joseph and Abraham was revealed and made flesh. He is the Christ, Messiah and the Son of the Most High. “For the law was given to Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17) “This is the message…God is Light…if we walk in the light as He is the Light, we have fellowship with another and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5-7 NLT). It is because of the “Light of the Law,” loved by the faithful in the Old Testament, and the Light of Jesus, the fulfillment of the purpose of the Law, that we are able to shine in the darkness and we strive to live in the light of truth and righteousness. Because of the light of God, we walk in light among the darkness that fills the world.

Solomon tells us, “Every word of God proves true, He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” (Proverbs 30:5). We are to stay true to the Word of God, Faithful to all His teachings and all the understandings given to us pertaining to the Law by Jesus. Not because of it binds us to atonement, but because it frees us from darkness and sin and the faithfulness of God’s Love prevails in us. We do “Not add to His words lest He rebukes [us] and [we] are found a liar.” (Proverbs 30:6). If we deny, reject the teaching of old, given to the people by God or if we amend them to appease ourselves to do less than what God wants for us, we will be rejected by the Father.

The message of God is that we are to stay true to the Word of God and the Light of God. We are to walk in the light of Jesus by His blood and to adhere to the teachings that God gave His people in the wilderness. Just because Christ came to free us from the bondage of the Law does not mean that it has no light. Isaiah say, “…the word of God stands forever. Get you to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift your voice with strength…and say…’Behold your God.'” (Isaiah 40:8-9ESV). Because by the blood of the Savior, the Lamb of God, God says, “I have dispelled your faults like a cloud, your sins like a mist. Come back to me, for I have redeemed you.” (Isaiah 44:22NJB). “They shall be called the Holy People and the People of the Redeemed by the LORD.” (Isaiah 62:12). Those who have the Love of God and obey His commands to love Him and to Live with love for each other, will be called His Holy People.

Paul, in his letter to Colossae tells us to. “Put on then as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, meekness and patience, bearing with one another… as the Lord has forgiven you… and be thankful. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly..” Col 3:12-16 NLT). As Christ is the Lamp unto our feet, and the Living Word, we are to walk not in blind devotion but in clear understanding of God’s will and His purpose. We are to understand what Christ is to the Law and how the law of God is the guideposts in our walk of light.

Because the Word is the Light, and by the Word the light became flesh, we are to walk richly in the word of God, humbly before man and God, with peace and grace before God. The final prayer of Jesus before He went to the cross for our transgressions was that we be sanctified by the Truth (see: John 17;17-19). Having been purified by the Blood of the Lamb, embodied by the Spirit of God, we are to walk in and with the Light of God. In this we are to walk in obedience to the Word and to use it as a lamp so that we do not stray into darkness. We are called to be a holy people, free from the darkness of sin and to become servants of the True Light. We are called to prepare our minds for action, being brought up into the Word, set our hope fully on the grace by the revelation of the Word, Jesus Christ (see: 1 Peter 1:13-23). This was the plan of God when He created the world and man and He saw that it was good.

Then as John saw in the Great Revelation, the One sitting on the white horse, who was called Faithful and True, He is called the Word of God. (see: Rev 19:11-13). Behold all things will be made known that the one who is called the Son of Man and the Son of God is the True Light, the Word and the the Truth of God. To Him we called out as did the psalmist, “I’ve promised it once and I’ll promise it again: I will obey Your wonderful Law.” (Psalm 119:106)

Psalm 119:97-104 Mem: Wisdom in Meditation

Meditating all day on Your Law,
how I have come to love it!
By Your commandment, ever mine,
how much wiser You have made me than my enemies!
How much subtler than my teachers,
through my meditating on your decrees!
How much more perceptive than the elders,
as a result of my respecting Your precepts!
I refrain my feet from every evil path,
the better to observe Your word.
I do not turn aside from Your rulings,
since You Yourself teach me these.
Your promise, how sweet to my palate!
Sweeter than honey to my mouth!Your precepts endow me with perception;
I hate all deceptive paths.
Psalm 119:97-104(TJB)

I chose the Jerusalem Bible translation for these verses because I love the wording it uses. It seems to have more impact than others. Key words come to me as perceptive, respecting, endow me, and how I have come to love it. Moses told the people in the wilderness, “Listen to the statutes and the rules that I am teaching you and do them, that you may live,….Keep them and do them, for that will be your wisdom and understanding in the sight of of the people.” Deut.4:1,6 (ESV). When we choose to meditate on the Law and the Word of God and learn to love them, we begin to understand God. Christ came to give us understanding that surpasses even that of Moses and David and the Faithful of old. Through the meditation of the Word with the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we come to love God more and more. Because we reach into the precious teachings of the Gospels and the writings of the prophets, apostles and scribes of God’s word, the passion of God’s will for us becomes apparent. We are set aside to bring Honor to His greatness.

Getting Older is a Blessing.

I cry out to God Most High,
to God Who fulfills His Purpose for me.
…..
My heart is steadfast, O God
my heart is steadfast!
I will sing and make melody!

Psalm 57:2,7

Today I am older! June 15 is my birthday and I made it through another year. and today at church, I sang praises to my Father in Heaven that we have survived another year. But most importantly, I praise Him for the blessings of the spirit He has provided me. I lost friends this year, many did not live this year out and I miss them. some were blessings and comfort to me in my struggles and to some, I offered comfort and God’s wisdom in their struggles.

the man who offered me a spiritual place of rest passed to glory and was followed by his sweet wife to soon afterwards. My sweet friend Wendy who struggled with cancer, was taken up just a short while ago. And in between, other dear friends left the world as well. Yet in the midst of it all, God’s Grace and Glory shown the light of Happiness and Peace. And I am still here!

Like David, while he hid in the caves, praised God as he was protected form Saul, in the midst of the turmoil of my soul, I found that God not only protects me from my “enemies”‘ He provided answers to my inquiries. God has indeed made a sad and troubled soul find reason to praise and to make merry in the sight of the LORD! There are many reasons to find fault, but the one reason to rejoice is stronger than any of them. The reason for merriment is the fact that throughout the trials and turmoil of not only my life but the lives of all my family, God has provided.

Psalm 119:89-96 (Lamedh)

Forever, O LORD, your word
is firmly fixed in the heavens.
Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
you established the earth, and it stands fast.
By your appointment they stand this day,
for all things are your servants.
If your law had not been my delight,
I would have perished in my affliction.
I will never forget your precepts,
for by them you have given me life.
I am yours; save me,
for I have sought your precepts.
The wicked lie in wait to destroy me,
but I consider your testimonies.
I have seen the limit to all perfection,
but your commandments is exceedingly broad.

Forever the Word of god stands firm, without end and without end. And the Faithfulness of God is without limits. As the stars in the sky have endured for millenniums, so shall the word of God and His commandments. As the sun rises each day and the night follows day, so shall His law endure from generation to generation. As the Law was given to Moses for the people of God, the heirs of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, and to those who sought after Christ, so shall it endure until the coming of the King.

In the Shadow of Your Wings

Be Merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuse; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuse, till the storms of destruction pass by.

My soul is in the midst of lions; I lie down amid fiery beasts – the children of man, whose teeth are spears and arrows. whose tongues are sharp swords. –Psalm 57:1,4.

I just received my news letter from International Christian Concern and am constantly reminded that persecution of minority religions are rampant in former Soviet Nations and many Islamic Nations.  That even in those countries we call “Allies”, the constant fear of belonging to a church, theology or even a bible study could cause you to end up in prison or even a victim of mob violence.   The primary target of these radicals are Christians but it is not limited to them.  Other beliefs are also targeted.  Minority Islamic beliefs and Hindu followers of ‘lesser gods” are also targeted but the majority of victims are still those who belong to the evangelical Christian Churches.

As David cried out to the LORD Almighty to be sheltered under his wings, we should say each day this prayer that those who suffer for His sake, be protected and sheltered.  As we face the slings and arrows of contention in our every day lives, we should be aware that there are many who face greater trial, tribulations and turmoil than we can imagine.  As we are to timid to proclaim our faith in a safe environment, teenage girls are raped in Pakistan in an effort to “convert” them to Islam, that women with malaria in Eritrea are being denied medical treatment unless the recant Christ and that those whose hatred of Christians is so great that the burn down clinics ans hospice centers for lepers and t.b. patients in India.

Continue to pray for and support those missions and their support groups.  As long as there will be those who sole purpose is to care for those who need the love of Christ and the aid of a loving heart, there will be those tools of  Hate who will seek to destroy.  They will come in the name of false beliefs and be instruments of The Most Evil One and they will proclaim that they are just and right in their wickedness.

” We must work the ways of Him who sent [Christ]. while it is day; night comes when no one can work.” John 9:4

Psalm 119:81-88 (Kaph)

My soul longs for your salvation;
I hope in your word.
My eyes long for your promise;
I ask. “When will you comfort me?”
For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke,
yet I have not forgotten your statutes.
How long must your servant endure?
When will you judge those who persecute me?
The insolent have dug pitfalls for me;
they do not live according to your law.
All the commandments are sure;
they persecute me with falsehood; help me!
They have almost made an end of me on earth.
but I may keep the testimonies of your mouth. (ESV)

Songs of the Persecuted and the Redeemed

Psalm 14 and Psalm 15

Only fools say in their hearts,
“there is no God.”
They are corrupt. and their actions are evil;
not one of them does good!
Psalm 14:1

Only fools say in their hearts there is no God. When David was pursued by Saul, king of Israel and Judea, and the Philistines, he wrote songs that lamented his conditions. He complained to God that he was surrounded by fools that did fear God nor respected Him. Even in the Land of the Chosen of God, His own people, rejected the word of God and sought after their own ways. Today it is much the same. Christians are challenged each day and in every way as they try to live in the Will of God. Enemies of the True Faith in God seek to force us to renounce our beliefs or to alter them in such ways as to make the Word of God no longer valid. In order to stay in their safe circles or to include those outside of faithfulness to the Word, they make concessions or attack those who stay fast in the principles of Right Living. By their actions they show that evil lives within them. And those who persecute the Faithful, those who hunt them down or make false charges against them, are corrupt and fools. Psalm 10:4 says, “The prideful have no room for God.” And so it is, those who reject the Word even in part, reject God. Their Pride has become God and they have no room for the reality of His Grace.

Psalm 119:73-80 (Yodh)

You made me; you created me.
Now give me the sense to follow your commands
May all who fear you find in me a cause for joy.
for I have put my hope in your Word.
I know, O LORD, that your decisions are fair;
You discipline me because I needed it.
Now let your unfailing Love comfort me.
just as You promised me, your servant.
Surround me with your tender mercies so I may live,
for Your law is my delight.
Bring disgrace upon the the arrogant people who lied about me;
meanwhile, I will concentrate on your commandments.
Let me be reconciled
with all who fear You and know Your decrees.
May I be blameless in keeping your principles;
then I will never have to be ashamed.
Psalm 119:73-80 (NLT)

Every person is the work of God’s hands, the creation of his desires. God has raised us up from the dust of the earth for His Great Pleasure, for the enjoyment of His Heart. He has set us apart from the other creatures of the world by giving to us the ability to comprehend that He Is, God of creation and that we where made for His purpose. We are given the ability to understand that we are of God will. We can reason the existence of God and we can understand He has a purpose for us. We can understand the why and the how of His Law. We can comprehend the purpose of His commandments.

Those who stive to live in God’s will and purpose have an awesome fear, a fear that is tendered by love and not timidness. These can rejoice in His Law and not tremble, they have the Hope of Salvation, the Joy of the Word living in Christ Jesus. They rejoice in an glorious and loving fear that is not one of shame but one that recognizes the awesome and glorious power that created us. Those are the ones who strive and yearn to live in obedience of the Law of Love that is in Christ Jesus and who seek to serve God, their Father in all things. Not because they are in dread of Him but because they love Him. Those are the ones who desire with all their hearts to adhear to the Word of God because it is the Nature of the New Creation that is in Christ’s Salvation. We seek and have a passion for the Law because it was given to us as a gift from God. We live by the rule of God’s Mercy and Love and we seek correction when we are wrong.

Psalm 119:65-72 (Teth)

You have done many good things for me, LORD
just as you have promised.
I believe in your commands;
now teach me good judgment and knowledge.
I used to wander off until you disciplined me;
but now I closely follow your word.
You are good and only do good;
teach me your principles.
Arrogant people have made up lies about me.
but in truth I obey your commandments with all my heart.
Their hearts are dull and stupid,
but I delight in your law.
The suffering you sent was good for me,
for it taught me to pay attention to your principles.
Your law is more valuable to me
than millions in gold and silver.
(NLT)

When we are troubled by the world, our jobs or others, it is good to say to God, “You have done great things for me.” When we are harassed, it is best to recognize that all good things come from the Love of God for us. As we live day to day, we have the assurance that God is faithful to His Promises. As we struggle, renew yourselves with the the knowledge that Christ keeps on doing great things in our lives. When things look the bleakest, God has His purpose for us.

Even in the times of inconvenience, we can witness to the greatness of God. I live in a Mobile Homes Estates Park and just going to the trash receptacle can be an opportunity to witness of God’s Good News for mankind.

But knowing of God’s law and His Love is not enough. We need to understand Good’s good judgment and be knowledgeable of His will in our lives. We need to grasp the whole of His word as it pertains to our lives. Paul prayed that knowledge and wisdom be given to the Hebrews increasing daily (Heb 5:14) becoming more mature in the word and no longer bottle fed. Of course I am putting my words into the text, but I want you to grasp that we can’t rely in just what we were first taught but must grow in the word so that we can understand God’s will in the fullest. To have a discerning understanding of scriptures is to have a better command of the law of God as we live.

Psalm 119:57-64 (Heth)

The LORD is my portion; I have promised to keep Thy words.

I entreated Thy favor with all my heart; Be gracious to me according to Thy word.

I considered my ways, And turned my feet to Thy testimonies.

I hastened and did not delay to keep thy commandments.

The cords of the wicked have encircled me, but I have nor forgotten Thy Law.

At midnight I shall rise again to give thanks to Thee because of Thy righteous ordinances.

I am a companion of all those who fear Thee, and of those who keep Thy precepts.

The earth is full of Thy Lovingkindness, O LORD; Teach me Thy statutes.

Jesus is our portion, He is the Cup of Blessing, overflowing with mercy and justice for Righteousness.  He is our inheritance, He is our Mercy and He is our Promised one.  We are to keep our Hope in the Promise of God’s Righteousness and guard against all other things that try to separate us from  Him.   We must guard and keep safe in our being, the covenant of God.  It is in the Covenant of Jesus that we can claim the inheritance of the Father.  Because of the Law of the Father, God of all creation, we are restored to Him.  In this we should always thank God and give Him praise.  God searched our hearts and gave us the desire to know Him.  We then should also search out God with all our hearts, seeking to be healed of all the scars of our sins.  We should cry out for His mercy for we are not worthy nor have we ever been worthy of His Lovingkindness.  We should be merciful because of His mercy and we should seek His protection from the wiles of the world.  God gives to us His unfailing love, His Salvation and His promise fulfilled.

In God we have all Good things.  The World can offer nothing to us that God has not given greater.  Can the things of the flesh give us everlasting Life with Jesus?  Can the world promise us a peace that passes all understanding?  What man can offer us an inheritance that is Heaven?  No greater is the honor than to be a part of the Kingdom of God.  When Jesus joined us to Him and the Father, we became a part of that Kingdom, a kingdom with out beginning or end.  Will every fiber of your existence to serving and praising God.  Seek first to please God before any action or thought.  Make your life a mercy offering to God because He gave you mercy first.  He promised mercy even before we sinned.  Even though we fail daily to please Him. His mercy has gone before us, His provenient Grace is an usher to His greatness.  Even as I fail, I seek to please because God knows my heart.