Saturday 14th January, 2017
Text: Psalm 119:105-112
EMHB 308: Lord, Thy word abideth and our footsteps guided
AS we approach the middle of the first month of the Year 2017, the euphoria or effect of the Christmas and New Celebrations have begun to clear and the time is now ripe for us to meditate on the theme of the Methodist Church Nigeria Conference for the year, which is God’s Word, My Guide. In the situation we find ourselves now as a Nation and a people, with all the attendant socio-political and economic permutations or changes, there is no less a time to give a deeper attention to the word of God than now.
According to The Pulpit Commentary of the Bible on Psalms 119:105, God’s Word has counsel for every difficulty, comfort in every trouble, guidance in all perplexity, and that men go wrong, not from want of knowledge of the right, but from unwillingness to follow the right. Throughout Psalms 119, known as the longest chapter of the whole Bible and divided into 22 sections according to the Hebrew alphabets, we see that it concentrates fully on the importance of the word, law, statutes and precepts of the Lord.
David who composed great chunk of the Psalms was very deep in God’s word and personally saw the reality of it in his entire life beginning as a young person. As a youth he said, ‘How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you’ (Psalms 119:9-11 NIV). God’s word purified, preserved, empowered and gave David success in all his ways –as a shepherd boy fighting off bears and lions, and defeat of Goliath of Gat.
Hence, every Christian needs to be adequately equipped with the word of God which is regarded as the sword of the Spirit, which is sharper than any doubled-edged sword (Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12).
Memory Verse: Psalm 119:5 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path (NIV).
PRAYER: O Lord, fill my heart with the riches of Your Word. In Christ’s Name!