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Looking for some summer reading?  How about “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry?”  Billed as a straight forward and easy to understand introduction to the laws that govern our universe, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s book is actually #3 on the New York Times best-selling list.  Not your cup of tea?  Check out the new releases at Christian Book Distributors (www.christianbook.com).  You may be pleased at the quality of the faith-based and inspirational publications that you will find at CBD. 

The writer of Psalm 119 had another idea for summer reading.  Psalm 119 is both the longest psalm and the longest chapter in the Bible.  Psalm 119 was most likely written by Ezra as a majestic meditation on the beauty of God’s Word and its effectiveness, in helping us to stay on the right track and to grow in our faith.  In particular, verse 105 is a picturesque reminder of how something that is small and seemingly insignificant can play a large role in keeping us safe and strong.  The psalmist wrote,

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”

(Psalm 119:105)

The Hebrew word that we translate “lamp” can refer to a light lamp or candle. The idea is, that the Word of God is like a small candle, flashlight or lamp that is used to help one walk safely at night.  The lamp is not a large light, yet it is enough to guide step by step so that one does not trip over obstacles, fall into holes or to accidently step off a dangerous edge.  The “light for my path” in the second half of verse 105 conveys the same idea but in a slightly different way.  God’s Word lights, illuminates or shines on the road that we travel in a world that is filled with the darkness of harmful values and philosophies.  

The psalmist shares his message not from an ivory tower but from a genuine love of God’s Word and from a deep sense of gratitude for the guidance and wisdom that God’s Word has brought to his own life.  The truth that the psalmist wants to share is: Although going to God’s Word on a daily basis may seem small, the practice plays a large role in keeping us on the right path.  Those who make the Word of God their guide will clearly see the right path and be able to avoid many dangers.  

Never mind the astrophysics!  Is the Bible on your summer reading list?  Reading small portions of God’s Word every day will make a big difference!  So, pack your Bible in your suitcase or put it on the patio table next to your favorite lawn chair.  Don’t have a plan?  Set a small goal for the summer.  For example, read through the Gospel of Luke, attend a small group Bible Study, or do a daily devotional and the Bible reading that goes along with it.  And if you really want to see the Bible come alive, ask me for a free Study Bible made possible as a gift in loving memory of our dear brother in Christ, Louis Caola.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Jeff

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