105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
106 I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to keep your righteous rules.
107 I am severely afflicted; give me life, O Lord, according to your word!
108 Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O LORD, and teach me your rules.
109 I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget your law.
110 The wicked have laid a snare for me, but I do not stray from your precepts.
111 Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.
112 I incline my heart to perform your statues forever, to the end.
I think the Psalmist was writing this passage in a way to renew his heart and his walk to the ways of God. To me I think he is recognizing that he doesn’t really know where the path of his life will take him, but he knows that his path will be illuminated one step at a time, if he keeps in step with God. He has already sworn his oath and made his commitment to follow God but he has come against trials and tribulations, afflictions that he feels are a danger to him. But he is coming to God to renew his commitment, and to ask God to teach him from His word. I think this passage is a way for the Psalmist to remind himself that he can make the oaths and the commitments but the only way to stay on the path that will illuminate as he goes his way is to keep the word of God before him.
It’s the same for us. I know for me I have had seasons of my life where I would carry my Bible with me to church on Sunday and then it sat on a shelf from Sunday to Sunday so that I would have to knock the dust off of it to carry it to church the next week. I can say that during those seasons of my life, I may make commitments to follow God’s rules and statutes on Sunday morning. But when I did not stay in the Word during the week and keep them in my mind, there was no way that I was walking the path that the Lord would have me walk. It felt like I was just wandering through my days. I can make all the commitments and oaths to walk with Him but unless I am staying in the word my path will seem dark and I have no idea what is next for me.
But when I stay in the word, when I make his testimonies my heritage and I incline my heart to His statutes and I study and read then my path gets lit up one step at a time. I still may not know what is on the end of the path, but I am walking in step with the guide and letting Him lead the way. Oh that is not to say that I will not falter along the way and have missteps and trip sometimes. But when I am letting Him be my guide, well then He is there, right there beside me to help me get back on track.