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Spiritual Navigation

Dava Sobel’s award-winning book Longitude describes a dilemma faced by early sailors. They could readily determine their latitude north or south of the equator by the length of the day or height of the sun. Calculating east/west longitude, however, remained complex and unreliable until English clockmaker John Harrison invented the marine chronometer. This was “a clock that would carry the true time from the home port . . . to any remote corner of the world,” thus enabling sailors to determine longitude.

As we navigate the seas of life, we also have a reliable source of spiritual direction—the Bible. The psalmist wrote, “Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day” (Ps. 119:97). Rather than occasionally glancing at God’s Word, he spoke of pondering the Lord’s directions throughout each day: “Your testimonies are my meditation” (v.99). This was coupled with a commitment to obey the Author: “I have sworn and confirmed that I will keep Your righteous judgments” (v.106).

Like the mariners of old, we need a constant guide to help us find our way and stay on course. That’s what happens when we seek the Lord day by day with an open heart and a willing spirit that says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

We need God’s guidance from above,
His daily leading and His love;
As we trust Him for direction,
To our course He’ll give correction. —Fitzhugh
With God as your navigator, you’re headed in the right direction.

Insight

In today’s reading, we find a portion of the psalmist’s great homage to the Word of God. The verses describe the Word as commandments (v.98), testimonies (v.99), precepts (vv.100,104), and judgments (vv.102,106). He also pictures the Word as honey (v.103) and a lamp (v.105). One idea repeated in this text is that of the singer’s response to the Word, which is meditation (vv.97,99). The word meditate means “to reflect on.” It is a common theme in psalms that speak of the Scriptures—beginning with Psalm 1, which describes the blessed person as the one who meditates on the Word “day and night” (v.2). The word for meditate comes from the Hebrew word habah, which means “to be preoccupied with,” and is also used of a cow chewing its cud in order to more readily absorb the nutrients.

23 thoughts on “Spiritual Navigation

  1. vaja72 says:

    I’m on my knees due to trying times in my life right now. I am guilty of fighting the faith and trying to be humble. What strengthens me is my kids.

  2. mpaul01 says:

    I am new to this walk with Christ and I just loved reading “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”

  3. duffyzoo says:

    You know, I keep crying out for help, but nothing helps…

    1. ag97 says:

      Hey Duffyzoo, I don’t what you are crying out for…it seems it may be a problem with the website, but in case its not, know that I have prayed for you. Keep calling out to God, he hears you. be persistent in your prayers.

  4. poohpity says:

    Hosea said, “Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know Him and He will respond to us as surely as the coming of the dawn or the rain of early spring.” The Bible shows us how so many have stumbled yet God was right there to pick them up, brush them off with His grace to try again. Contemplating or meditating on that grace all day long would put joy in anyone’s heart.

  5. bro_trev says:

    It is truly a joy to be fully assured that you have accurate and reliable directions, direction that will at all times bring right and satisfying results. It is really disheartening to follow directions that lead us to dead ends or that cause us to be lost. Today I am thankful that I can trust the word of God to lead me right. Because God is above, He can see far ahead of the the road we are traveling. If we trust His direction we will surely escape the dead ends in life, and also avoid being lost. May The Lord Jesus Christ direct your path today. He alone is worthy of complete trust.

  6. seeker1944 says:

    Like other teachings of the word, such as us sharing our blessings with others in need, being forgiving as God forgives us, being merciful to receive Gods mercy, we are to be light and salt in the world from the light we receive from Him.

    1. bro_trev says:

      Amen.

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