“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path,” Psalm 119:105, NKJV
“And so Betsie and I arrived in Barracks 8 in the small hours of that morning, brining not only the Bible, but a new knowledge of the power of Him whose story it was,” Corrie Ten Boom1
The Hiding Place has been one of my favorite non-fiction books for years. I am always amazed by the lives of Corrie and her family and the circumstances that God used in and through them.
The above quote was written after Betsie and Corrie were able to smuggle a Bible into one of the concentration camps. The Bible could obviously be seen through her clothing, yet she was inspected and patted down like the rest before and after her. She risked everything to carry that precious treasure of the Word into one of the darkest places known to humanity.
Because there is an indescribable value in the Word of God to them that believe and hold dear its truths.
This really struck me this morning as I was reading Psalm 119, NKJV. As a whole, this chapter speaks so much of the Word of God. It reminds us of the importance and power of His Word and how we should not take it lightly. We should treasure it and hold on to it and let it lead and guide us every day.
In His Word, we find healing, promises, anointing, salvation, understanding, and more. We should not take lightly the gift of the Word:
“Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart!” (vs. 2).
“You have commanded us to keep Your precepts diligently,” (vs. 4).
- “Oh, that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes,” (vs. 5).
- “Let me not wander from Your commandments!” (vs. 10)
- “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You,” (vs. 11).
- “I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches,” (vs. 14).
- “My soul breaks with longing for Your judgments at all times,” (vs. 20).
- “Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes, and I shall keep it to the end,” (vs. 33).
- “Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it,” (vs. 35).
- “Establish Your word to your servant, who is devoted to fearing You,” (vs. 38).
- “Behold, I long for Your precepts; revive me in Your righteousness,” (vs. 40).
- “Remember the word to Your servant, upon which You have caused me to hope,” (vs. 49).
- “Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe Your commandments,” (vs. 66).
- “I know, O LORD, that Your judgments are right,” (vs. 75).
- “Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven,” (89).
- “Unless Your law had been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction,” (vs. 92).
- “You are my hiding place and shield; I hope in Your word,” (vs. 114).
- “Direct my steps by Your word,” (vs. 133).
- “Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble,” (vs. 165).
These are just a very few of the many written within that psalm and just a few of the many that I have personally highlighted. What we read goes beyond just reading the word. In these verses, we see a relationship with the Word.
Why was Corrie Ten Boom ready to sacrifice it all just to have a Bible in the prison camp with her. From a young age, her father taught her how to have a relationship and a dependency upon the Word. It is as vital, if not more so than anything else she could have smuggled in there.
In many dark times, the Word is what shines a light brighter than any sun. In the Word, we find comfort, solace, and peace no matter the prisons that try to hold us.
I urge you to reevaluate your relationship with the Word today. Don’t look at it as something I have to get through because that’s what I am supposed to do. Read it, absorb it for the treasure that it is. “Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law,” (vs. 18). “Revive me according to Your word,” (vs. 25).
Let your relationship with the Word be renewed and revived today.
There was another point before this when Corrie Ten Boom fell sick and was unable to read the Word. Then:
“As my health returned, I was able to use my eyes longer. I had been sustaining myself from my Scriptures a verse at a time; now, like a starving man, I gulped entire Gospels at a reading, seeing whole the magnificent drama of salvation,” Corrie Ten Boom 2
When was the last time we starved to have a relationship With The Word?
Look at it as not a task that must be completed, but as a source to be revered and treasured. As it did for Corrie, it will “sustain” you also. His Word does not fail!
If you have never read The Hiding Place, I urge you to do so. I believe the lives and experiences written therein will inspire you in your Christian journey also.
Be blessed today!
1 The Hiding Place, p. 214, Hendrickson Publishers, Copyright 1971, 1984, 2006
2 The Hiding Place, p. 167, Hendrickson Publishers, Copyright 1971, 1984, 2006.
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