Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Saints esteem the Scriptures as a light (The New Topical Textbook, subtopic under the main heading “The Scriptures,” page 240).
Have you ever been left in the dark at night during a thunderstorm when the power went out? It can get really dark with no lights. If you are in your own home when this happens you probably know where everything is and can get around without too much trouble. If you live far enough out in the countryside being without power can also mean you are without water or anything else powered by electricity. In such deep darkness, about the first thing you reach for is a flashlight. By its light you can see where you are going and walk about much more safely–if the batteries are not dead!
So the Bible, God’s Word, is a light to our path. It can keep us on the right path if we take the time to read and study it. If God’s Word is a light to our path, that means the Bible teaches it is understandable. There are those who would argue that because no two individuals, and especially no two different denominations, agree on what appear to be even the basics taught in the Bible, the Bible clearly is not understandable by itself. Therefore, the Bible needs an official interpreter, which they like to claim is their one true church. But in the case of the most prominent of these “one true church” claimants, the one true church has only officially pronounced a required-to-be-believed interpretation of between seven and nine verses! That would not seem to be much official guidance from that source, even if that source could be trusted to be correct. But the Bible does not require an official teaching authority to tell us what it means. The Bible is a light to our path. It won’t lead us into darkness!
Of course, if you are not reading, studying, and believing the Bible yourself, you are in the dark in the midst of the storms of life. Get into the Bible for yourself and let it shed God’s light on your daily path.
For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:
(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 632 for Psalm 119:105.
(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 676 or in Logos 5 Bible software for Psalm 119:105.
(3) Lacking access to those two resources, consult the cross references for this passage as I have developed them as given below:
Psalm 119:105. Thy word. ver. +Ps 119:9, +Ps 119:11, 24, 98, 101, 140. Ps 19:7, 8. *Ps 43:3. 102:18. 1 K 12:7n. 13:9n. Jb 6:24. *Pr 6:23. Je 14:14n. Mt 6:22. Lk 11:28. Ac 8:30. +*Ac 17:11. Ro 2:18. **Ro 10:17. Ep 5:13. **2 P 1:19. Re 1:3. is a lamp. or, candle. I have not read or heard any Roman Catholics emphasizing such things as are taught about the Bible by this verse, or this chapter, not even once. God’s Word was clearly written to give us direction. It is a lamp; it is a light. God’s written Word does not lead us into darkness, but into light, and it does so without the assistance of man-made authority. FS22K2, +2 S 22:29. +Ps 18:28mg. 132:17mg. +Ex 25:37. *Jb 29:3mg. 2 Ch 29:7. Pr 20:27mg. a light. His lamp by night, his sun by day. Compare Pr 6:23 (Kay). T#1095. ver. Ps 119:98, +**Ps 119:130. Ps 4:6. 27:1. 36:9. 37:6. 38:10. +*Ex 13:21. 25:37. 27:20. 40:24. Le 24:2. Nu 4:9. 8:2. **Dt 30:11-14. Jb 24:16. +*Pr 4:18. **Pr 8:9. Ec 2:13. **Is 8:20. 51:4. Mt 5:14. %+**Mt 6:23. Jn 1:9. 3:21. 1 J 1:5. my path. Bible believing Christians live in a spiritual world that is altogether different than the false spiritual world inhabited by followers of so-called “One True Churches.” The difference can be compared to living in the light of God’s Word, compared to living in the darkness of uncertain man-made religion. ver. Ps 119:9, 24. *Ps 17:4. 142:3. Jg 5:6. 6:40n. 1 S 2:9. Jb 19:8. 24:13. Pr 2:9.