Archive for November 9th, 2012

Psalm 119:89-176

Psalm 119:89-176 is filled with words about God’s Word.  It is a textbook on the importance of scripture.  The psalmist begins by reminding us just how important God’s Word is:  “Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day”.  He isn’t neutral about scripture. He loves the Word.  He meditates on it all day.  It is central to his life and what he does.  He realizes “Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me”.  That is the power of meditation.  After we memorize scripture, which puts it in our mind, we need to meditate on it and make it part of our heart.

But we also need to savor God’s Word.  “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth”!  Knowing God’s Word is such a powerful thing to do.  It satisfies so much.  It isn’t just something to read to keep us occupied. It is the very direction for how we should live.  “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”.  Do you have God’s Word as part of your routine every day?  Is it a habit in your life each day?

How else should we respond to God’s Word?  “You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word”.  It is a safe place, a source of hope.  It keeps me from that which is evil.  And as a result, we should value it highly.  The psalmist tells us: “Therefore I love your commandments above gold”.  It is not just good – it is awesome.  It is worth more than gold.  It is a powerful part of our relationship with God.  He has given us His instruction manual for life.  And when we read it and live by it, good things happen.  “Make your face shine upon your servant, and teach me your statutes”.  God wants to relate to us through His Word!

Does it matter in our life?  Yes, it absolutely does.  It is the way we find God and His salvation for us.  “I hope for your salvation, O Lord, and I do your commandments….I long for your salvation, O Lord, and your law is my delight”.  God is the only One who can save.  He alone has the right to sit on the judgment throne and determine our eternity.  Is His face shining on you?  Is your future secure?  Do you know for sure that salvation will be the outcome of your life?  If not, now is the time to address it.  It is the most important thing we can do!

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