Friday, May 11, 2012
Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
This morning I am reminded of the importance of God's Word in my life. This scripture says that the word of God is a lamp showing me the steps that I take and lighting the road that I walk. Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the book of Psalms and is all about the word of God. It speaks of the word as the law, precepts, testimonies, statutes, and commandments. God's word, when read and meditated on, gives light and understanding to the way we should live. I love God's Word!
One of my favorite verses in Psalm 119 is verse 165: Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble. I don't know about you, but I want “great peace” in my life. Peace that will carry me through the difficult times. Jesus said in John 14:27 that He gives us His peace also. So, if we have the peace that Jesus gives and the peace that comes from meditating on the word of God, we've got “great peace” and nothing will be able to cause us to stumble! Isn't that “good news”?
There are two primary words that define the “Word”.
Word – “logos” – A transmission of thought, communication, a word of explanation, an utterance, discourse, divine revelation, talk, statement, instruction, an oracle, divine promise, divine doctrine, divine declarations.
Word – “rhema” – That which is said or spoken, an utterance, in contrast to logos, which is the expression of a thought, a message, a discourse.
“Logos” is the Bible in it's entirety; “rhema” is a verse from the Bible. The “Logos” is God's message to us and the “rhema” is when the Holy Spirit speaks a certain verse to us that applies to our lives right then.
The Bible is the written “logos”, Jesus is the living, personification of the “logos” and the Holy Spirit utters the spoken “logos”.
Jesus said in Matthew 4:4: But He answered and said, “It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'”
It is imperative for our spirit man to feed on the word of God. We can't exist by eating food only; we must have the word of God to give our spirit nourishment and strength.
Have you ever been in the midst of a problem and had a verse of scripture drop into your mind that applied to what you were experiencing at that very time? That's the Holy Spirit bringing a “rhema” word to you that you can count on to come into manifestation in your life that is the answer to what you are experiencing. That's the “light” that gives you the understanding that you need for your life's problem at that moment. When you feed on the word and meditate on it, the word sinks down into your heart and is available for the Holy Spirit to bring back out of you as you need it. It's very important to meditate on the word of God. If you never put the word into your heart then you don't have anything for the Holy Spirit to bring back to your remembrance when you need it.
Faith grows in your heart by hearing the word of God according to Romans 10:17: So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Faith comes to us when we hear, or meditate, on the word of God. Without faith it's impossible to please God, (Hebrews 11:6) so the word makes it possible to be pleasing to the Father.
Do you want “great peace” and “faith” in your life today? Get into God's word and begin to meditate on it; allow it to sink down into your heart!
Father, I thank You for Your word this morning. It is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Thank You for giving me “great peace” when I meditate on Your word. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for speaking the word to me that applies to my life right now. Thank You, for causing Your faith to rise up within me as I meditate on Your word. Father, I pray for my Spark Friends today, that Your word would reign supreme in their hearts, that they might have “great peace” and “faith” to walk through the trials of life that they encounter. Thank You for establishing them in You and for causing them to have a hunger and thirst for Your word that is unquenchable. May they ever feast on Your word and enjoy the fellowship of Your Spirit through it. Thank You, Father, for bringing peace into their hearts! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.