105. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. 106. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws. 107. I have suffered much; preserve my life, O Lord, according to your word. 108. Accept, O Lord, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws. 109. Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget your law.
Reflection by Darlene Wagner
Jewish and Christian traditions have gained much wisdom from Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible. Judaism traditionally regards the law mentioned in Psalm 119 as the Torah, or first five books of the Bible. Evangelical Christianity teaches that the entire Bible is the law mentioned in Psalm 119. Both views have merit.
Regardless of what parts of the Bible one regards as scripture, the important part is that the person fully applies Divine law throughout his or her life. As the prophets state, “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts” (Jeremiah 31:33). Such an intimate knowledge of Divine law is not mere doctrine or ideology. It is a lifelong commitment to good thoughts, good words, and good actions. To gain such habits, a person often must endure testing and hardships.
I welcome you Lord of Adversity, Midst lessons and instruction scribed in fire! Create in me good thoughts, restraint to speak Good words, while on your path my steps you guide. Embracing your Love’s Light — Hail and Welcome!