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God’s Word is a lamp

November 17, 2017

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Revised and re-posted, the Verse of the Day for November 17, 2017 is taken from Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible. Also known as the Torah Psalm, this passage makes reference to Word of God in every verse, employing such synonyms as “statues, Law, judgments, precepts, etc. One of the most familiar metaphors used to describe the Scriptures is found in Psalm 119:105 (AMP):

[ן Nun] Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

The Verse of the Day is part of the Nun section set to music in the following video by Clear:

This particular verse was among the first scripture memory songs that I ever composed with the following lyrics:

God’s Word is a lamp, a lamp unto my feet.

God’s Word is a lamp, a lamp unto my feet

God’s Word is a lamp, a lamp unto my feet

And a light unto my path.

 

When I am in the dark

And cannot find my way,

I open up the Bible

To see what God will say.

I look and find the answer

And then I gladly obey.

 

God’s Word is a lamp, a lamp unto my feet

God’s Word is a lamp, a lamp unto my feet

God’s Word is a lamp, a lamp unto my feet

And a light unto my path.

 

When you have a problem,

And you don’t know what to do,

Just open up the Bible

See what God says to you.

Just look and find the answer.

Ask yourself, “What would Jesus do?”

 

God’s Word is a lamp, a lamp unto my feet.

God’s Word is a lamp, a lamp unto my feet

God’s Word is a lamp, a lamp unto my feet

And a light unto my path.

The Verse of the Day also brings to mind other references to the Word of God as a light:

Psalm 119:130 (NLT):

The teaching of your word gives light, so even the simple can understand.

The Amplified Bible renders the verse this way:

 130 The entrance and unfolding of Your words give light; their unfolding gives understanding (discernment and comprehension) to the simple.

The term “simple,” sometimes viewed in a negative way, is, however, not a pejorative adjective, in that it refers to being naïve, or inexperienced, uninitiated or innocent or guileless. Some might view this quality in a favorable light, as the Shaker hymn states, “Tis a gift to be simple

This message is reinforced in Psalm 19:7-11 (NLT)

The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8 The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living. 9 Reverence for the Lord is pure, lasting forever. The laws of the Lord are true; each one is fair. 10 They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb. 11 They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them.  By believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.

The Word of God embodies who God is, as 1 John 1:5 so clearly reveals:

[God Is Light] This is the message [of God’s promised revelation] which we have heard from Him and now announce to you, that God is Light [He is holy, His message is truthful, He is perfect in righteousness], and in Him there is no darkness at all [no sin, no wickedness, no imperfection].

We conclude with worship leader, David W. Morris, on “Thy Word” (Psalm 119:105 by Hosanna! Music.

The Word gives light

August 5, 2014

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On August 5, 2014 the Verse of the Day is taken from Psalm 119:130 (KJV):

The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

The Amplified Bible renders the verse in this way:

130 The entrance and unfolding of Your words give light; their unfolding gives understanding (discernment and comprehension) to the simple.

The term “simple” is sometimes viewed in a negative way. It is, however, not a pejorative adjective, in that it refers to being naïve, or inexperienced, uninitiated or innocent or guileless. Some might view this quality in a favorable light, as the Shaker hymn states, “Tis a gift to be simple.”

The Psalmist also makes known that “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple (Psalm 19:7).

In Proverbs 21:11 the simple learns from the mistakes of others, expressed this way in the book devoted to unfolding the wisdom of God:

When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

In the New Testament, the term simple is used in Romans 16:19:

For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.

Note how the verse is rendered in the Amplified Bible:

19 For while your loyalty and obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, I would have you well versed and wise as to what is good and innocent and guileless as to what is evil.

Joan Taylor refers to Psalm 119:130 and other scriptures in “The Lord is My Light”:

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Another verse in Psalms also refers to the Word of God as light in the familiar metaphor found in Psalm 119:105:

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

This particular verse was the inspiration for one of the first scripture memory songs that I ever composed with the following lyrics:

God’s Word is a lamp, a lamp unto my feet.

God’s Word is a lamp, a lamp unto my feet.

God’s Word is a lamp, a lamp unto my feet.

And a light unto my path.

 

When I am in the dark

And cannot find my way,

I open up the Bible

To see what God will say.

I look and find the answer,

And then I gladly obey.

 

God’s Word is a lamp, a lamp unto my feet.

God’s Word is a lamp, a lamp unto my feet.

God’s Word is a lamp, a lamp unto my feet.

And a light unto my path.

 

When you have a problem,

And you don’t know what to do,

Just open up the Bible

See what God says to you.

Just look and find the answer.

Ask yourself, “What would Jesus do?”

 

God’s Word is a lamp, a lamp unto my feet.

God’s Word is a lamp, a lamp unto my feet.

God’s Word is a lamp, a lamp unto my feet.

And a light unto my path.

 

“God’s Word Is a Lamp” expresses a child-like simplicity and naiveté that delights God.

Psalm 119:105 is the inspiration for this beautiful worship composition “Lamp unto My Feet” by Hillsong

Amy Grant also offers another song: “Thy Word is a Lamp unto My feet.