God's Word - Part 4We have seen two emerging questions come from Psalm 119: Why should we value the Word of God? and, how should we value the Word of God? The reason why the Psalmist says we should value the Word of God is because it brings happiness (vv. 1-2), it produces cleansing (vv. 9,11), it gives liberty (v. 45), it provides direction (v. 105), and produces understanding (v. 130).
Another major emphasis in this Psalm is this: How we show that we value the Word of God. First, we study it. God’s purpose in giving His Word was to point us to reveal Himself. A good section to look at would be Psalm 119:2-10. It reminds us to seek Him with our whole heart.
Second, we obey its commands. We learn from our childhood that obedience has good consequences. We can sense in this Psalm that he wants to obey God’s Word, it is a delight and puts a jump in his step. There is a sense of making preparation to obey. I think we can learn something here.
Third, we will hide it in our hearts. This means we are to store it in our minds like we put things in the hard drive of our computer. All for the purpose that I might not sin against the Lord (v. 11).
Fourth, we will declare it to others (v. 13). As we study God’s Word, our hearts begin to burn within in such a way that we will not be able to keep it to ourselves. It would be like the two men who were walking with Jesus and didn’t realize it. It says, “They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’” Let it be so of us.
Finally, we will constantly rejoice over the Word of God and delight in it. “I rejoice in following your statues as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word” Psalm 119:14-16. Did you see it? Rejoicing (v. 14) and delighting (v. 16) are connected by the meditating (v. 15). Saturating on the Word of God will only bring inescapable delight that moves beyond the earthly realm and places you in a heavenly mindset. That’s where I want to spend my time — contemplating the things of God as I go about my business.
Take some time to meditate on Psalm 119 and begin to see how blessed we are because we have the very Words of God at our fingertips. If that doesn’t get you excited, then let me remind you that we have the Living Word of God living inside of us. That will cause you to say, “Hallelujah!”
May the God of peace strengthen you for the events of the day. I will look forward to worshiping with you .
Joy in Jesus!