Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. -Psalm 119:105 NLT

I love the idea that the scriptures are described here as a lamp. When I think about a lamp I think about how it is focused on a specific and limited area but not too focused like a flashlight. Like the headlights on a car, a lamp has a limited range. A lamp will only illuminate the path directly in front of us. It will keep our feet from stumbling and causing us to fall.

Such is the function of holy writ. Yet even more, the Living Word, Jesus Christ, is the Living Lamp. He called himself the Light of the World and said: "Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." As we walk with him he shows us the divine walk of love. A Lamp shines brightly on our path as we follow his example.

As you light our way Lord, help us to illuminate the paths of others with your light.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on words in the bible.


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