Waking up with pain in my side, I pulled the covers down to investigate; my Bible lay bunched up against my ribs.
Bad news had come the night before as I readied for bed. The tears fell until they couldn’t. As night closed in, so did fingers of darkness around my heart as I grieved. Desperate for comfort and sleep, I brought my beloved Bible into bed with me. Holding it in my arms, I fell asleep as the sun rose through my window.
Psalm 119 was the passage I read that night. It is a passage I often go to. “The Word of God” is the theme of this, the longest Psalm. In it, King David continually tells us how God’s Word is our guide. God’s Word gives us direction and light in our darkness.
To me, the premier verse of this Psalm is 105:
Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
Firstly, I love the metaphor of The Word of God being a lamp, shining on my feet as I look down. This lamp shows me the way and gives me directed light to my otherwise stumbling steps. Turning this lamp on in the middle of my darkest nights, brings hope and comfort.
Secondly, The Bible is a beam shining on the road ahead. The upcoming path looks scary in the dark, but His light gives me the courage to begin – assuring me The Light of The Lord will be with me, illuminating the way.
What indescribable strength this verse provides me. I stand amazed by the countless times scripture has been my guide- my lamp, my light.
And you? Have words of Godlight been your comfort and guide? How about your current situation? Do you need to open His Word for help and hope in your darkness? Psalm 119 is a great place to start.
As the sun rose on the morning after my world shook, I held my bible close. The precious words of my Savior beamed as a lamp of hope to my hurting heart. God’s Words lit up the frightening path ahead and made me brave as I faced the new day and difficult days ahead.
Looking back, there is no way I could have walked my painful path (and oh so many others) without the Word of God as my light.
We live as those on a journey home: a home we know will have the light on and the door open and our Father waiting for us when we arrive… ~Unknown