THY WORD IS A LAMP UNTO MY FEET AND A LIGHT UNTO MY PATH
‘THY WORD IS A LAMP UNTO MY FEET, AND A LIGHT UNTO MY PATH.’
(Ps 119:105 [KJV])
The Bible is very clear that the word of God is like a lamp and also like a light; “a lamp unto my feet” at night and “a light unto my path” by day. The word of God can illuminate for us where to step on lest we stumble. “And your ears will hear a word from behind you, saying, This is the way; walk in it, when you turn to the right hand and when you turn to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21 AMPC) The word of God can also be a light to our path leading us to our destination so that we do not get lost along the way. The word of God led the Israelites through the wilderness in form of a pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night. “Now the LORD was going before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them in the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel day or night.” (Exodus 13:21 [NET]) God was not only guiding the Israelites to the Promised Land but was also protecting them from the pursuing Egyptians. “The angel of God, who was going before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them. It came between the Egyptian camp and the Israelite camp; it was a dark cloud and it lit up the night so that one camp did not come near the other the whole night.” (Exodus 14:19-20 [NET])
The Psalmist likened the word of God to a lamp that was carried by those who were walking day and night those days. Just as we walk with a lamp when going for a long journey that will take us days and nights to reach our destination, likewise we should be walking with the word of God in our hands meditating upon it day and night and the Bible says that we shall make our way prosperous. “This book of the law (the word of God) shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” (Joshua 1:8 [KJV])
JESUS IS THE WORD OF GOD
People of the east during the days of the Psalmist used to travel on foot for long distances. There were no street lights and people used to carry lamps or lanterns where the lamp would be held by one hand and hang next to the feet to illuminate the part of the path the pedestrian was walking on. The lamp was very handy as it helped the person to see a ditch or stone or tree stump or log or garbage or even a serpent in time to avoid stepping on that form of danger. The lamp would therefore save you from danger. The lamp has a wick that burns after tapping into the oil in the lamp cistern or lamp tank. Without the oil, the lamp cannot burn to give light. People of those days used pure olive oil for the lamps to burn and give light. The same oil that was used for the lamp to give light was also used as the anointing oil. Moses was told by God to “command the Israelites to bring you pure oil from crushed olives for the light, in order to keep the lamp burning continually.” (Exod 27:20 [HCSB]) Oil, in the Old Testament, is frequently used as a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Kings and priests were anointed with oil as a sign of their consecrated (and, supposedly, Spirit-filled) lives. Zechariah, the prophet, was shown a vision of a great golden lampstand with two olive trees standing beside it. The trees dripped oil into the bowls of the lampstand, and Zechariah was told: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6). What Zechariah saw in prophesy was revealed much later to John by Jesus Christ as recorded in the book of Revelation. “These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.“ (Revelation 11:4 [HCSB]) The oil symbolized the Spirit of God by which the light of testimony could be maintained in the hour of darkness.
The lamp shows the pedestrian the immediate place to step on. The word of God is being likened to a lamp that shows you the way. Jesus is the word of God that created everything in heaven and on earth. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:1-4 [KJV]) “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:6, King James 2000 Bible) because He is the way. Jesus Christ being the way will not only show you the safe place to step on with your feet but He will light up the path ahead of you day and night so that you will be able to see clearly the danger ahead or the correct path to follow in case you reach a junction or crossways. “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12 English Standard Version) Where you have light, there will be life, where there is darkness, there is death. “God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5) Jesus said that “While I am in the world, I am the light for the world.” (John 9:5) After He resurrected and rose to heaven, He sent His Holy Spirit to be our light to guide us into all truth. The world lies in darkness and death because it has rebelled against God and thus broken contact with the one source of light and life. Jesus is the light that shines in darkness and brings light and life back to the world and sets it free from its bondage to sin.
HE LEADS US IN THE PATHS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
God will show you the paths of righteousness so that you walk in His ways. The Psalmist said that the Lord is our Shepherd who restores our souls and leads us in the paths of righteousness. “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:3 [KJV]) Jesus Christ clarified that He is the Good shepherd who leads His sheep to green pastures and protects His sheep from thieves who may come to steal, kill and destroy the sheep. “But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper openeth the door only; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.” (John 10:2-5 [KJV]) “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” (John 10:10-11 [KJV]) “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.” (John 10:14 [KJV])
The Lord guides us to save us out of the valley of the shadow of death so that we can thank Him and worship Him and glorify His name for His goodness. If we follow Him in righteousness, He will take us to our destination. The destiny of man is to go to heaven but we do not know the way to heaven. If we follow Him, He will take us to the Father in heaven. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6 [KJV])
JESUS THE TRUE LIGHT FOR EVERY ONE WHO BELIEVES
If there is no light for your path, you will stumble and fall. You will stumble because there is no light to show you the ditch or object to avoid dashing your foot against. Those who do not acknowledge Jesus as their way, their truth and their life are in spiritual darkness and they are groping in spiritual darkness in this world that is full of darkness. John the apostle said that Jesus is that “Light that shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (John 1:5, NASB) He continues to tell that “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which gives light to every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:” (John 1:6-12 [KJV]) He has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light so that we shine as spiritual lights in a wicked world of darkness and sin. “…in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world” – (Philippians.2:15). Again – “…who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” – (I Peter.2:9).
JESUS WALKED THROUGH A WALL TO PROVE TO HIS DISCIPLES THAT HE IS BOTH LORD AND GOD
If you acknowledge Jesus to be your lamp unto your feet by night and a light to your path by day, you will have received Him as your Saviour and Deliverer, your Lord and your God. You will be as excited as Thomas was when he exclaimed that Jesus is “My Lord and my God” in John 20:28 after seeing Jesus walk through a wall to appear to His disciples in the room where they were hiding and showed them marks on His hands to prove that He had resurrected from the dead and is alive for evermore. “Now Thomas (called Didymus or Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “Unless I see the wounds from the nails in his hands, and put my finger into the wounds from the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will never believe it!” Eight days later the disciples were again together in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and examine my hands. Extend your hand and put it into my side. Do not continue in your unbelief, but believe.” Thomas replied to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are the people who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:24-29 [NET]) A person who says, “Jesus is Lord,” with a full understanding of what that means (Jesus is God and has supreme authority over all things) has been divinely enlightened. “No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12:3).
You can imagine walking on a path in your journey and Jesus is your lamp for protection from danger at night and a light to shine on your way during the day as He takes you to the promised land. He will shine your way, dispatch angels to protect you: some of them ahead of you, others behind you, above you, below you, lest you dash your foot against a stone as He wards off demons that may be lurking by the side of the road. “Because you have made the LORD — my refuge, the Most High — your dwelling place, no harm will come to you; no plague will come near your tent. For He will give His angels orders concerning you, to protect you in all your ways. They will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the young lion and the serpent.” (Psalm 91:9-13 [HCSB])
YOUR PATH CAN BE UPGRADED TO A HIGHWAY IF YOU REMAIN RIGHTEOUS
Your path shall then be upgraded from being a path to a highway, if not a super highway; a highway to holiness. “And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be reserved for those authorized to use it. Fools will not stray into it. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk therein:” (Isaiah 35:8-9 [KJV])