Psalm 119 is a most unusual psalm. Look up what an acrostic poem is. Why should you value the Ten Commandments? This songster will tell you, whether you are young or old.
“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”
So how important is God’s word, the Bible, for us today?
This wonderful psalm, twenty-two sets of eight verses each, tells us why.
This psalm gives us the answer over and over, layer on layer, line upon line.
Every single line a nugget of gold, telling us that God’s word is critical and most important in the life of a Jesus-follower.
God’s law. His testimonies, ways, precepts, statutes, commandments, rules.
Walking in the law of God, keeping His testimonies – This brings blessing.
When our eyes are fixed on God’s commandments we are not put to shame.
As followers of Jesus we keep our ways pure by guarding them according to God’s word.
Why would we store up God’s word in our hearts?
SO THAT WE MIGHT NOT SIN AGAINST HIM!
How important is God’s word?
It is life and blessing, wisdom and protection.
We are to be encouraged from this psalm to meditate on God’s statutes, to make His testimonies our counsellors.
We are strengthened in God’s word, we are given LIFE through His word (Jesus being God’s word become flesh, the Prince of Life).
HOW do we get through life? HOW do we do what is right? HOW do we keep ourselves from doing wrong?
The answer is God’s Word.
His LAW, His TESTIMONIES, His WAYS, His PRECEPTS, His STATUTES, His COMMANDMENTS, His RULES.
* God Above,
You are our Creator God – You spoke Your word and light came into being.
Thank You for Your word that You have given to us.
You do not leave us without guide or map – Instead Your Spirit infused men across the old and the new testaments to write Your word, for us!
And more, in the person of the Son we see Your Word become flesh (You dwelt among us).
Please help us see Jesus today. Please help us to follow You Lord God.