Nehemiah 8:1-9

Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. Psalm 119:105 (NASB)

One of the most beneficial prayers you can pry is to ask God to give you a love for His Word. Many try to read and study the Word of God through human effort. They struggle through Genesis, fight their way through Exodus, but lose momentum in Leviticus.

However, when there is a deep, abiding love for God’s Word, even the genealogies take on a life of their own. God’s principles lift off the pages and fill your heart with insight and  hope. After all, God inspired His Word to be written so you would have proof of His loving desire toward you.

The psalmist exclaimed, “How I long for your precepts!” (Psalm 119:40 NIV), and “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105 NIV).

Something about the Word of God changes lives. According to the book of Nehemiah, after the walls of Jerusalem had been rebuilt, the book containing the Law of Moses was brought out and read to the people.

For years, they had thirsted to hear God’s Word read aloud. Memories of their exile in a foreign land made that moment in time like none other. The nation of Israel—what was left of it—stood together “as one man” (Nehemiah 8:1 NASB), and as Ezra read God’s words, the people began to weep.

Have you uncovered the sweetness of God’s presence through His Word? It’s there, and it awaits your discovery.

Thank You for Your Word, Lord. It is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path.

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