By Benjamin H. Liles
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. ~ Psalm 119:105
I'm doing something a little different today than usual as I thought on what Jesus the Messiah did for the people He was around. There is a key verse, although many are enough to bring my main point home, which says, "The people were astonished at His teaching, because He taught as one who had authority, and not as the scribes" (Mark 1:22, Berean Study). Why is this verse so important in understanding Psalm 119:105?
We are told by Luke who also beheld His teaching and ways that Jesus read to the people in the synagogue the word God gave to Isaiah, "The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor" (Isaiah 61:1).
To understand why we need to be in a relationship with Jesus the Messiah we need to understand the needs of the people who came to Jesus. Every time He spoke a word, the healing He provided them, and the fact He also said, "But so you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins," He told the paralytic, "I tell you: get up, pick up your mat, and go home" (Mark 2:10-11, Berean Study). It means that when He forgives us it is final; His word is final.
Knowing this then we can see how essential it is that God's word guides us to Him. It is why David wrote, "Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And Your law is truth" (Psalm 119:142). I can explain God's word six ways from Sunday. I can show you how to come to the Messiah Jesus, but I can't emphasize enough how much lives are changed when His word has come into contact with you.
In another scripture verse we read, "A sense of awe swept over all of them, and they glorified God. "A great prophet has appeared among us!" they said. "God has visited His people!" (Luke 7:16). If we go back to Isaiah's prophecy regarding Jesus we read: "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel (which means "God with us")" (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23).
Jesus isn't simply the Prophet the people spoke of. He came from God, He was God incarnate; "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men" (John 1:1-4). Jesus came to help change lives, and not only that so they could live by a different standard. The Laws God gave to Moses pointed the way to Jesus, how He would fulfill those laws, becoming a sacrifice on our behalf.
So, what we see from David's words is that because of his relationship with God, before Jesus was sent on our behalf, is that His word "reveals" itself by guiding us. As I finish this, Solomon penned, "For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light; and reproofs for discipline are the way of life" (Proverbs 6:23). For Jesus to say, "No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because everything I have learned from My Father I have made known to you" (John 15:15). The final thought is found in David's words, yet again: "Behold, I long for Your precepts; Revive me through Your righteousness" (Psalm 119:40).
Father God, You help to change my ways. I ask that You change me from the inside out, purifying my heart, my life, to be given for others as Jesus did for me. Show and guide me in those ways. Heal my heart. Heal my eyes so I may see Your wonders. Heal my legs and feet so I may walk straight and true. Heal my mouth so that nothing vulgar comes out. And most of all heal my heart so nothing is any longer corrupted. You are holy and pure and I want that for myself too. So, I thank and praise You for all You have done through Your Son, Jesus the Messiah. Amen and amen.