Your Word Is a Lamp for My Feet

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Psalm 119:105-120, Proverbs 19:21, 1 Chronicles 28:9-20

“Okay. What have you learned from this?”

This phrase, spoken by my father, was a mainstay of my growing up. I heard it one summer afternoon when I was eight years old, following my sheepish confession that I’d accidentally shot my neighbor, Mr. Horner, with my BB gun. I heard it late one snowy Michigan night, when my car came to rest against a chain-link fence—after I’d impatiently tried (unsuccessfully) to maneuver it between a ditch and another parked car in my girlfriend’s driveway—resulting in a phone call to my dad, asking him to come help me dig my car out of a snowdrift. And I’ve uttered that same question to myself countless times since, even as I’ve grown older and the learning opportunities have evolved with time and age.

Always spoken in love, and almost always received with humility, it’s a phrase so simple, yet it resounds with the essence of the relationship between a dad and a son. I’m deeply grateful to fall into the increasingly receding percentage of men whose fathers are truly fatherly.

We might not expect to find such a rare, human moment between father and son within Scripture. While God’s Word is relatable and relevant across time, I still struggle sometimes to grasp the idea that these words were written to real people who existed in a real time and place. But that wasn’t the case for me when I read David’s words to his son, Solomon, in 1 Chronicles 28. His words could’ve just as easily been written to me in a text message from my dad on any given Monday morning:

“As for you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father,
and serve him wholeheartedly and with a willing mind,
for the LORD searches every heart and understands the intention of every thought.
If you seek him, he will be found by you” (v.9).

I can almost picture the memories and hard-won lessons flashing before David’s eyes as he distills his life into just two simple sentences, passing down parting wisdom to his son. After charging Solomon with the great responsibility of building the temple and outlining the requirements of the job, David’s parting words to his son, and some of his last we read in the Bible, include loving encouragement that ultimately points Solomon to a present, secure, steadfast God. He tells Solomon to “be strong and courageous, and do the work… for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He won’t leave you or abandon you until all the work for the service of the LORD’s house is finished” (v.20).

What a delight it is to be offered wisdom by those who’ve come before us, and in turn, to offer guidance to those who will come after us. But isn’t that what this entire book, the Bible, is about? It’s a lamp to lead our feet along the path of life (Psalm 119:105). It gives guidance from a loving Father through stories of His own and others’ that are full of grace and love, that shape us and call us to grow. May we honor the same Father of David and Solomon, feel loved by Him, and love like Him every day.

Ryan Myers is Chief Operating Officer of She Reads Truth, He Reads Truth, and Kids Read Truth. Ryan and his wife, Raechel, live with their two children in Nashville, Tennessee.

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47 thoughts on "Your Word Is a Lamp for My Feet"

  1. Heather Robinson says:

    Wooooo, what a challenging and encouraging read!

  2. Bru Soto says:

    Help me pray for my husbands soul salvation and also that he becomes the father God is calling him to be. Amen

  3. Tiffany Thornton says:

    Thank you for this devotional. Please help me pray for my dad. He knows of the Lord but does not have a relationship with him. I long to see him as a Godly father and know his heart belongs to the Lord.

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  4. Emily McGhee says:

    My dad is an innocent man in prison. Sentenced 40 years for a financial crime that didn’t happen. His company failed in the recession and the dollar amount he owed people after doing everything he could
    to pay back debts was 2.75 million. He was sentenced based on a 300 million dollar sum. They never wanted to see our proof of the dollar amount in trial. He has clung to his faith and grown more than ever. Seeing his purpose in his time in there but man I miss him. My brothers that are still in high school need him. We are all trusting God with his life. I pray for supernatural joy and safety for him. He’s in there with murderers, drug dealers, and pure evil. He has been a beacon of light and been protected by a spiritual tent of the Holy Spirit. This devotion today really comforted me. He will not leave my dads side. He knows the intention of every thought! Thank you Lord.

  5. Maya Bulos says:

    This reading and devotion hit home so personally today and gave me much comfort. My amazing godly father passed this past April. He was my best friend and rock, aside from Christ of course. A true soul winner, a fisher of men. He was the most Christlike person I’ve ever come across, not serving for the glory of men but unto the Glory of God. Today’s reading is like an echo of love and comfort to my shattered heart from my Heavenly Father.

    1. Tiffany Thornton says:

      I praise God you had such a Godly man as your father. What a great legacy he has left!

  6. Amy Quam says:

    Angela – I 100% felt the peace of the Spirit speaking right to my heart in the same way. This study has been such a gift in this time of uncertainty and anxiousness. God is with me and He enables us to follow the plan. We are called to be strong and courages and do the work! Proverbs 19:21 in the Message hit me hard too – “We humans keep brainstorming options and plans (hello school!!?!), but God’s purpose prevails.” Thank goodness!!!!

    1. Angela Nelson says:

      Amen, Amy!!! Yes.

      1. Kinesha Cox says:

        Angela, I am a teacher and I felt this!

  7. Leslie Orellana says:

    God will always be my side as I stumble in everyday life and he will never leave my side. His decrees are what I come back to all the time so that my walk is with him by my side.

  8. Marlena Corona says: