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Words Unfolded

The unfolding of your words gives light,

It imparts understanding to the simple.

Psalm 119:130 (ESV)

Checking the mail, finding an envelope that we recognize as from someone we love gives

delight in the moment. We open the envelope and remove the paper inside. But to read it, we must unfold it and hold under a light for better vision. Of course, in a world of technology, there are other ways of delivering a message, but the concept is the same. Opening the message gives entrance into the words of the author.

When we unfold something, we are preparing to use it. Think of a towel. We step out of the shower and unfold the towel to use in drying off. But if it is not unfolded, it would not give us the same overall benefit.

In Psalm 119:130, the psalmist is acknowledging the word of God written on scrolls, when unfolded, shed light of understanding. It has the power to illumine our hearts and light us on fire for Him and His holy word.

A definition of the word “understanding” in this verse is to separate mentally. We open God’s word, and it distinguishes between the light and the darkness. His word separates us from the darkness of the soul. How it happens is a mystery to me. I just know it is so. Those who are not in the light, the simple, can gain wisdom by unfolding the word of God.

With modern translations of God’s word in written form of the Bible, we do not unfold but open the book. But the meaning is the same. His word is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. An answer for sending the darkness away is to open, read and take in the God inspired words of the Bible asking the Lord for understanding that light will shine in our darkness.






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