Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light for my path.
God’s Word is both the path and the light to see the path – the way, the truth and the light, in fact. Light for planting our feet – ie for making decisions – not that he controls where we tread but that he gives light to us to choose where to tread. Light like this is strong, but silent. We’re not meant to walk in the dark – the Word should be showing us the way clearly.
I have taken an oath and confirmed it,
That I will follow your righteous laws.
Double charge! How do we confirm our promises to God – do we back them up with sacrifice or gift? A vow to follow this new path – the long path! Baptism is such a time of dedication and vow and confirmation.
I have suffered much,
Preserve my life, O Lord, according to your word.
Some pains – like blisters – are simply the result of walking so far for so long. Then there are attacks from enemies, but God’s promise is to defend and protect his pilgrims.
Accept, O Lord, the willing praise of my mouth,
And teach me your laws.
Teach me as I praise – after I praise – and only willing praise counts!
Though I constantly take my life in my hands,
I will not forget your law.
I will not focus on my own preservation or the threat to me. I will have to willingly forget myself so that I can concentrate on the truth of your word – and I would have to willingly forget you, God, to think of myself after this praise.
The wicked have set a snare for me,
But I have not strayed from your statutes.
They have – they will have. It’s certain. But it doesn’t just affect me. Everyone set on this path has these challenges.
Your statutes are my heritage for ever;
They are the joy of my heart.
Praise Him! What an heirloom to receive from previous generations. No wonder I am glad. All of the people of my house – all the pleasure within me is because of your law. Gladness and deep satisfaction has only ever come to me through your good law of forgiveness, freedom, righteousness and truth.
My heart is set on keeping your decrees
To the very end.
My heart is now set. My decisions are made, my bag packed, emotions decided, will submitted, spirit conquered. To the very end I will walk after you, O Lord, because of joy – the joy of inheriting your word!