“Your word,” says the Psalmist, “is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). It is like a lantern, which sheds light on our path, amid the darkness of the night, to direct the steps of our feet. The sincere Christian will therefore search the Word of God, for a knowledge of His will, with more eagerness than he would search for hidden treasures of gold and silver. In obedience to the command of God, he will set his heart to the work.
After the giving of the law, Moses says, “Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day” (Deut 32:46). To set our hearts upon any object implies such a love for it and desire after it, as leads to a strong determination to make every possible effort to obtain it; and this ought to be the settled and permanent feeling of our hearts in regard to a knowledge of the will of God, as revealed in His Word. And, as we obtain this knowledge, we should imitate the Psalmist, who said, “Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).
His object in hiding the Word in his heart was to know how to regulate his conduct so as not to sin against God. So must we hide the Word of God in our hearts, and for the same reason. We must study it as the directory of life. Whenever we open the precious Word of God, this should be the sincere inquiry of our heart: “Lord, what will you have me to do?” With a teachable heart and childlike spirit of obedience toward knowing the will of God.
Christ promised His disciples that, when the Holy Spirit would come, He would “guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). Without the Holy Spirit – The Helper, one cannot understand the Word of God. Before opening God’s Word, therefore, we ought to pray that He show us the truth, and incline our hearts to trust and obey.
Thank you Lord, for your precious pure Word. (Proverbs 30:4-6)
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