Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.Psalm 112:4
Looking back over your pre-Torah-pursuant life, are you amazed at the terrible choices and decisions that you engaged in or made? You can’t see my hand, but I’ve just raised it high, very, very high!
Why is this? It’s because, you and I did not embrace Yah’s light, His commandments. We did not walk uprightly before Yahuah.
No need to despair, however. We learn from these mistakes (ours and others’) while not dwelling on the past. We press forward.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of Elohim in Messiah Yahusha.Philippians 3:13-14
In our pressing, we need the light of Yahuah in the new decisions that we all make on a daily basis.
This Psalm is very specific in stating that the upright receive light in the darkness. In case the reader doesn’t know what it means to be upright, the Psalmist tells us.
The upright are 1) gracious. 2) full of compassion. 3) Righteous.
Psalm 112:4 is a great reminder of who will always receive Yah’s light.
NUN. Thy word is a lampH5216 unto my feet, and a lightH216 unto my path.Psalm 119:105
Near Sighted? Far Sighted? No problem for Yah. Psalm 119:105 shows a dual purpose of Yahuah’s light. The Psalmist first speaks of Yah’s Word as a lamp and then separately as a light.
Lamps are quite useful for lighting our immediate path and surroundings. They provide up-close light in the dark, thereby preventing our slipping and falling. A good lamp helps us to stay on the path that we are presently walking.
When darkness tries to encroach upon us and we don’t know which way to go or which way to turn, we simply hold up Yah’s lamp to the situation. We don’t have to guess which way is the straight and narrow way. His lamp, which is His Word, keeps us in His way (provided that we indeed want to be kept). The lamp of Yah’s Word is a present help (near) in the time of trouble.
…Elohim is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.Psalms 46:1
The lamps spoken of in Psalm 119:105 needed oil and their wicks trimmed to work properly. It was wise to keep lamps in good working condition at all times. Remember the five foolish virgins?
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.Matthew 25:1-4
Lamps without oil were useless to the foolish virgins. They had the letter of Yah’s Word, for they knew the bridegroom was coming. Had they gone further in their anticipation of his return, they would have pressed into the Spirit of the Word, which could be as the oil that was needed to keep their lamps burning. We want to always have fresh oil for our lamps.
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of Elohim; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the Ruach: for the letter killeth, but the Ruach giveth life.2 Corinthians 3:5-6
We hold up the lamp of Yah’s Word to the path that we not stumble and fall. Above all, we slow down and don’t get ahead of the lamp that is for our feet, our walk in Messiah. In one way or another, we must not veer off the straight and narrow path. Yah has already provided His light for our feet.
A Light to Our Path
We don’t want to walk on the curvy left hand or right hand paths. As stated above, we want to walk on the straight and narrow path. Yahuah’s Word is the light that we need to stay on His Way.
Because a light helps us see further than lamps, we can discern the nature of a path before we even take one step on that path. His light, Word, illuminates not only around our feet, but also lights up what lies many, many steps ahead of where we now stand.
In the Word of Yah, we have a most powerful light at our disposal. We make better, wiser decisions when we allow Yahuah’s light to do what our Creator designed it to do. His light, His Word, allows us to discern even the stealthiest of dark, narcissistic dangers that conceal themselves on one path of opportunity or another path of opportunity.
For the word of Elohim is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.Hebrews 4:12
The best of mythological sirens have nothing on these shadowy deterrents and detours of purpose who have sweetly lured countless ones to destruction. Those who have not allowed Yah’s light to shine on their path or have not heeded the warnings that Yahuah’s light reveals have made shipwreck.
I’m raising my hand again here. I have so often not stayed in Yah’s light and have taken detour after detour. Nevertheless, I am now pressing forward in Yah’s light.
The distractions from purpose are no match for Yah’s light, which as the Psalmist tells us is a light unto our path. Provided that we abide in His light. We move Yah’s speed ahead in life equipped with Yah’s provision of His lamp and His light.