Matthew Henry the Bible commentator wrote about Psalm 119, “This is a psalm by itself, like none of the rest; it excels them all, and shines brightest in this constellation.”
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105
David the Psalmist was so confident in God’s Word that he used the metaphor of light to describe it. The word lamp is derived from root words that mean shine and glisten. The word light means to make luminous. David recognized that the Word of God is like a light that shines brightly in the darkness.
David writes, “my path.” He doesn’t write “a path,” or “the path.” He takes the Word of God seriously. He submitted himself to the authority, leadership, and direction of God’s Word. He makes it personal to his own life, or in this case, his path. The path that he walked could only be revealed as he studied God’s law. Without the Word, David’s path remained in darkness.
This is true of David, and it is true for us. We each have a path, but without light we are stumbling in darkness. We have more potential for understanding than David ever had. We are blessed to have a complete copy of the Scriptures. And we have the Holy Spirit to lead us and teach us. David also had the Holy Spirit, but in the OT His presence was exclusive to certain individuals. Unlike us, David had the potential to lose the Holy Spirit. We do not have that potential; He is always with us. We have the bright light of Scriptures to lead us in our own path. We have the Holy Spirit to illuminate the Scriptures for us. Seems like a pretty good deal.
Prayer: Help us to see the tremendous blessing of your Word. Thank you for the light.