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Guide and Guard

Read Psalm 43:1-5


We all have days when we feel as though God has forsaken us, when it seems as if the Enemy is winning and we are losing. On such a day the psalmist prayed, "Oh, send out Your light and Your truth!" (v. 3). These words represent the deep desire of the psalmist to know and do the will of God. He was not having an easy time.


I like the words light and truth. We live in a world smothered in moral and spiritual darkness. "Everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light" (John 3:20). Not only is our world dark, but it's also deceived. People love and believe lies. Mark Twain used to say that a lie runs around the world while truth is putting on her boots! But we have God's light and truth to guide and guard us. We must pray, "Oh, send out Your light and Your truth!"


Where do we find God's light and truth? In His Word. "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" (Ps. 119:105). God's Word is truth. "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth," Jesus said (John 17:17). The Word of God guides His children on the path He has chosen. And that path ultimately leads to Him. "Let them [light and truth] bring me to Your holy hill and to Your tabernacle" (v. 3). The psalmist is talking about the location of the tabernacle, the house of God. When we are in the will of God, it's as though we are dwelling in His house.


You live in a dark and deceived world. But God has promised to guide and guard you through His Word. The Bible is a spiritual treasure, and without it, you soon lose your way and become vulnerable. Do you feed daily on the truth of His Word? If not, begin a program of daily meditation in Scripture.


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