THE BOOK OF PSALMS

Today’s Devotional

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

Psalm 119:105 KJV


Thoughts on Today’s verse…..

As I read the Book of Psalms, I noticed that it had five books consisting of 150 Psalms. It had six authors, Moses, David, Asaph, Solomon, Herman, and Ethan. The shortest Psalm was 117, which only had 2 verses. The longest Psalm was 119, which had 176 verses. The title “Psalms” comes from the English word Septuagint, which entitled the book Psalmoi, meaning Sacred Songs. The Hebrew title of Psalms describes the book Praise, which is a good word to describe the whole book. The purpose of the Psalms was well expressed by David when he instituted hymns in Israel. He appointed the Levites to record and to thank and praise the Lord God of Israel. The book of Psalms is a record of petitions or laments, thanksgiving, and praise to God by His people. As such it has brought comfort, encouragement, and blessing to God’s people throughout the ages. Every human emotion is covered in these hymns of aspiration to God.

I have a lot of favorite Psalms, but today I am going to concentrate on Psalm 119. In verse 105, He describes “the lamp unto my feet.” As long as you follow His commandments and the law of His word, He will light your path to righteousness. Just perform thy statues always, even unto the end. In the verse “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” (119:18) In this verse, He causes Christians to understand the truths of God revealed in Scripture. the word conviction, meaning “cause to see” is primarily used of the Spirit’s work in revealing sin in the unsaved. The other word,  understanding,  is used of the Spirit’s work in revealing other truth in Scripture. The Psalmist recognized the need for aid in understanding the Scriptures and prayed that his eyes would be opened. This would be a good prayer for Christians.

The word of God should be praised and that we may experience the comfort or conviction, confidence that its promises will be fulfilled, prayer for the ability to understand it, and those that disregard it (the wicked) may be judged. So if you don’t have Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, now is the time to turn to Christ.  He loves you because He put all of your sins on the cross and died to pay for your penalty, and rose from the dead so you could have eternal life in Heaven. Amen

By: Jeff Ellinger

Today’s Prayer…..

Dear Heavenly Father, may your word by my light so I can walk the path to righteousness. May you open my eyes as I obey your law and may you guide me as I walk with You Lord, even unto the end. amen

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