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Click here for today’s reading: Psalm 117; Psalm 119:81-176; 2 John 1; 3 John 1
Here is my SOAP for today, Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Psalms 117:1 “Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. 2 For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord.”
Psalms 119:105 “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”
2 John 1:1 “To the lady chosen by God and to her children, whom I love in the truth—and not I only, but also all who know the truth…”
3 John 1:2 “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”
I love that 2 John was written to a female leader whom John respects.
Funny, out of nearly one hundred verses in Psalms 119 (which we read the first half a few weeks ago) I had ONE verse that leaped out at me. Psalms 119:105 “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Through this entire adventure of reading through the Bible in 2018 I have tried to be real and approach this process just as I would tell anyone else… Be real. If one verse jumps out at you, go with that! Don’t try too hard to dig something up. If it’s one verse, fine. If it’s the entire passage, fine.
But such a commonly known verse, “Your [Thy] word is a lamp for [unto] my feet, a light on [unto] my path.”
I often compare the Bible to guardrails on a highway. There are three lanes to drive on and guardrails then keep you from going off-road. You can choose which lane to drive in, even how fast you go. Just stay on the highway. Black and white is more like train tracks. If you go off the rails, you’re in trouble. On a highway, you can change lanes, if you are careful. There is no changing lanes with train tracks. Going off the rails only creates a big mess.
As it states repeatedly in Psalms 119, it repeats the terms, “precepts, laws, decrees, commands, statutes, promises, words.” All referring to God’s word.
Psalm 119:89 “Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.”
Amen! Thank you for Your word. It is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path!