Psalm 119:105 (ESV)
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
God’s Word is like a lighthouse on dark and stormy seas. It brings illumination and guides us onto and down the straight and narrow way. But how? Though it is truth from beginning to end, though it has many commands and wise counsel, it isn’t simply because God’s Word tells us what to do and what not to do that it is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path; it’s because in it, by God’s grace, we see the light of the glory of Christ.
The light the shines out from God’s Word is the light of the glory of the incarnate Word, Jesus, God the Son. As Hebrews 1:3 tells us, Jesus is the radiance of the glory of God. That word radiance literally means the brilliant brightness of a beaming light. Jesus is God in the flesh, and He is therefore the glory of God in the flesh. Because He is God the brilliant brightness of the glory of God shined from Him when He lived on this earth, when He died on the cross, when He rose from the grave, when He ascended into heaven, and even now as He sits at the right hand of the Father the brilliant brightness of His glory shines there; but it also shines in and through His Word. The Bible is about Jesus from beginning to end, and so it makes sense that in the Bible we find and behold the glory of God in Christ, and thus see the light of the glory of God.
As we behold the brilliant brightness of the glory of God, as we behold the light of the glory of God in Christ, as we behold the radiance of the glory of God in the gospel of Christ we are saved and sanctified (2 Corinthians 3:18-4:6). The light of the glory of Christ is the light of the Word that guides us onto and down the straight and narrow way. Seeing Him, knowing Him, falling in love with Him, desiring and treasuring Him, following Him, living for Him… This all happens as we behold the light of His glory as it shines through the light of His Word. So, don’t merely read the Bible looking at its commands and counsel, but read it, study it, and meditate on it looking for and seeking to behold the light of the glory of Christ; for He, in and through His Word, is the lamp to our feet and the light to our path.
I am nothing; Christ is all!