Psalm 119: נ Nun(a)

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105 Your word is a lamp for my steps;
    it lights the path before me.
106 I have taken an oath and confirmed it:
    I pledge to do what You say is right and just.
107 I have suffered terribly, O Eternal One;
    give me the life You promised.
108 Please accept the words I offer willingly, O Eternal One,
    and instruct me in the ways of Your justice.  [VOICE]


I am always pleasantly surprised when I discover in the bible (typically Old Testament) the source of a phrase or a musical that I have known for a while.  “Turn, Turn, Turn” by the Byrds comes from Ecclesiastes.  The “May God bless you and keep you… ” blessing often used as a benediction come from Numbers.  I just now learned that “They Word is a Lamp Unto My Feet” comes from the 14th stanza of Psalm 119.

I am typically NOT a fan of contemporary Christian music.  Most of it is a vapid wasteland of either pop theology or mindless fundamentalism.  And those are typically the better pieces.  Often the horrific lyrics are easy to miss because they are hidden behind a catchy or energetic tune.  But this is one of those rare pieces that I don’t despise.  It’s actually, not that bad.


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