Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)
So many of us look to prophets and prophecy for guidance, or we think this verse is strictly about Scripture as a guide. While both views certainly could be applied to an understanding of this statement by the Psalmist, let us consider something I suspect is perhaps a more pertinent view.
This Psalm, like so many others, presents someone’s personal relationship with God, their personal worship of Him, and God’s intimate, personal dealings with the Psalmist. The author uses the word daba, which is also used in Psalm 107:20, which says ‘He sent his word and healed them, and delivered them.’
This isn’t just about a prophetic word, or how Scripture can guide us, but it is also about God’s personal word to us: His answer, His statement, His covenant to us. When we want someone to extend some trust to us, we often say ‘I give you my word,’ and this is taken as a solemn pledge that what were as saying is absolutely true and that we will perform whatever it is that we have promised.
God gave YOU his word. That He can be relied upon, that we can trust Him to fulfill what He has already said, gives us a certainty on our path. I can carry on in the face of difficulties, pain, threats, and all manner of opposition because He gave me His word.
Consider again what God has promised YOU.
He whose word set the stars in the heavens gave you His word.
So shake off your doubts, and keep on walking.