“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105).
Out on the mountainside, the shepherd communicates clearly with his flock through the skillful use of his rod, his staff, his voice, and in many cases his sheepdog. As a well-trained sheepdog understands and respects the voice of his master, so you and I have a direct line to the voice of God. No place in Scripture describes that great truth more thoroughly than Psalm 119.
A depressed and bewildered college student who worked on our camp staff sought me out for counsel one summer day many years ago. I had known her for several years and was aware that her condition was chronic and had crippled her emotional health for some years. Our counseling session was surprisingly short, but I assumed it would be only the beginning of the solution to her deep psychological issues. After we prayed, I asked her to go memorize Psalm 119:1-11.