Flip the Switch (Psalm 119:105)

Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path (Psalm 119:105).


When the psalmist spoke of God’s word, he was talking about writings that were already hundreds of years old. Notice that the only verb in the entire verse is in the present tense. He doesn’t say the word was a lamp and a light. He said the word is a lamp and a light. Immediately, that tells us something about the Bible and why we need to read it. You see, everyone is born into spiritual darkness. We live in darkness the entirety of our lives as we make big decisions, such as who to marry, where to work, or who to associate with. We may worry about tomorrow, but the truth is that we can’t even see to the next second. We are truly in the dark.

The Bible is the switch that illuminates the path that traverses the will of God. In my life as a follower of Jesus Christ, from the time I was nine years old to the present, I have read my Bible every day (unless I was extremely sick). It is the one thing that makes the greatest difference in my life, and it’s been my habit for well over fifty years.

52 Weeks Through the Psalms


When we walk in darkness, we’re more likely to stumble. The pathway is unclear. Obstacles remain unseen. But by allowing God’s word to light our path, we see ahead by faith. We know that the pathway is safe. Obstacles are noticed and avoided as we maneuver around them.

Consider God’s word as the light on your particular path. Don’t see it as a mere candle or even a flashlight. View it as a searchlight, revealing all you need to know to move ahead securely.


James Merritt. 52 Weeks Through The Psalms Devotional. Harvest House Publishers. Eugene, Oregon, 2018.