Topic: A Light unto Our Path
Text: Ps 37:1-8
Verse: Ps. 119:105
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path”
The message is a word of encouragement and renewal of faith. The Word lets us know we do not travel alone.
I was returning from South Carolina flying (airplane) and a storm was between me and my destination. Upon approaching the storm the turbulence began greater. After a while the turbulence was having the plane dip up and down like a roller coaster.
I reflected that life is very similar. You can be traveling along and suddenly out of nowhere you are in the mist of turbulence.
David knew something about the challenges of life with its up and downs. He is given credit for writing these inspirer words in this Psalm “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
David had made his mind that his pilgrimage through life is under the guidance of God’s teachings. He therefore vows to follow the light wherever it may lead and whatever dangers may be involved. The Light is there, have to believe and trust in God.
He is familiar in dealing with suppressing those corrupt passions which can be found within all of us and feeling similar temptations. Remember, Rom. 3:23 said, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” We who know this verse ought to be so thankful for the grace God has shown.
David gives counsel to the Wise: “Fret not thyself, neither be thou envious.” The opening verse sets forth the basic maxim for a mature outlook. We are here cautioned against discontent at the prosperity and success of evil-doers (v. 1-2)
As we look outward each day and see the evil that is present in our world, society, community and even in our homes. These workers of iniquity may appear to be flourishing and prospering, but they (vs.2) shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
So we are not to fret or be envious about those who seem to prosper though wickedness.
David instead gives a prescription to remedy this outward evil appearance which stands before us. Look at the following verses:
Verse 3– Trust in the Lord, and do good;
We have to dwell in the land
We shall be fed
Verse 4– Delight thyself also in the Lord:
He shall give the desires of your heart ( a transformed heart)
Verse 5– Commit thy way unto the Lord: trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass
When you are able to follow these steps, then we do the next verse:
Verse 7– Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him:
Rest is one of the hardest things to do (speaking from personal experience), but I know; I realize; this is something we must do:
Wait patiently on the Lord (another challenge for me)
Cease from anger (better yet stop getting upset over this)
We all have stress in our lives. The positive as well as the negative stress can create physical complications in our lives.
Remember this, the God whom we serve can do anything but fail. There are evidences throughout the Bible.
- Gen. 22:14- Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh- God is my Provider
- Ex. 17:15- Moses built an altar and called the name Jehovah- nissi – God is my Battle Fighter
- Ex. 15:26- The Lord said to Moses, tell the people if they diligently hearken to my voice, and do that which is right… I am the Lord that healeth thee – Jehovah-rophe – God is my Healer
- Ps.23:1 – The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want… Jehovah-rohi – God is my Good Shepherd
- Ezek. 48:35 – and the name of the city from that day shall be Jehovah-shammah – God the Ever Present One
- Jer. 23:6 – the Lord said, I will raise unto David a righteous Branch …Jehovah- Tsidkenu – The Lord Our Righteousness
- Judg. 6:24 – Gideon built an altar and called it Jehovah- shalom – God is the Giver of Peace
God’s Peace is with you!