As First Writes continues studying Psalm 119 we concentrated this week on verses 105-120. Here’s what we learned in class Wednesday evening.
Verse 105 compares God’s Word to a lamp. It can banish fears, point out potential hazards, offer comfort, and reveal hidden things. The Bible is our light to show us the way ahead so we won’t stumble as we walk. It reveals the entangling roots of misplaced priorities and misguided beliefs. When we study the Bible we will be able to see our way clear enough to stay on the right path.
Our writing can be like a light for our readers. When we write about our own experiences and how God’s Word has guided us, we can shine the light of Scripture on the lives of our readers. Often when reading what others have written, people experience a “light bulb” moment of clarity and understanding.
In verse 111, the psalmist likens God’s word to an eternal possession, a treasure or heritage. It is applicable yesterday, is up to date today, and will be relevant tomorrow. It is full of priceless truths for correcting faults and rebuking error, and timeless knowledge about human nature and personal relationships.
Verse 114 reminds us that God’s Word is our source of hope. It is full of promises and assurances and examples of faith under fire.
Writing challenge: Look over Psalm 119:105-120. Jot down five declarative statements made about the Lord and His word from these 16 verses. A declarative sentence simply states a fact, argument, or idea, such as “God’s Word is a shield.” Or “God’s Word is an eternal heritage.”
Pick one of the statements and write about how this truth can make a difference in a person’s life. Try to include an example from your own experience.