Just Enough Light

This psalm is an acrostic poem. Each stanza begins with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The verses of each stanza begin with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.
106 I have taken an oath and confirmed it,
that I will follow your righteous laws.
107 I have suffered much;
preserve my life, Lord, according to your word.
108 Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth,
and teach me your laws.
109 Though I constantly take my life in my hands,
I will not forget your law.
110 The wicked have set a snare for me,
but I have not strayed from your precepts.
111 Your statutes are my heritage forever;
they are the joy of my heart.
112 My heart is set on keeping your decrees
to the very end. Psalm 119:105-112

Have you ever been in a room without windows when the door is closed and the lights are out? In most dark rooms, it’s possible for your eyes to adjust to darkness within a minute or two. But in a room with no possibility for even a little light, you cannot see your hand in front of your face. It doesn’t happen often but when it does, it can be a very scary experience.

The Word of God, however, is that light we desperately need. In a world filled with darkness, we need the light of the Word to illuminate our path. It helps us avoid the holes, rocks, and critters. It doesn’t give specifics about where to live, what job to take, which car to buy, or which school to attend. He gives us enough light to find our way but not so much to see the entire path ahead of us.

I know it seems like an odd statement, but I don’t think we could handle that much revelation about our lives. We’d begin fretting and worrying long before the event comes along. We wouldn’t be able to live in peace easily if we knew what would happen to us in 10 days, for example.

No, God gives us just enough light to see where we’re going. If we stay on the path, though, we can rest assured that He will guide us along the way.

One response to “Just Enough Light”

  1. It’s like the line from that movie – “you can’t handle the truth.”

    good words

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