A Journey Through Psalm 119: Relationship

Psalm 119:57-64
CHETH.
57 Thou art my portion, O LORD: I have said that I would keep thy words.
58 I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.
59 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.
60 I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.
61 The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law.
62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.
63 I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.
64 The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.

Now there is a special recognition of the God behind the law.  The psalmist’s time spent with God in His Word has helped him to develop an intimate relationship with the Author of that law and the Author of his life.  Now it is truly God who he seeks most.  God is his portion, the one he is satisfied with.  Now time in His Word is not just to learn, though that still happens, but to know God and fellowship with Him.  It becomes a special relationship-building time.  It goes beyond the search for knowledge and wisdom and becomes a search for God.

Things begin to shift for us when we get to this state in our relationship with the Lord.  Because He has become so important to us, we desire to obey.  We allow God’s Word to influence our behavior because we love Him so much.  We seek God and His favor with all that is in us.  Our whole desire is for His influence and intervention in our lives.  And so we’ll be willing to make whatever changes are necessary and to forsake ourselves and our selfish desires in exchange for God’s path.  And we are quick to do so, not wanting to linger in anything that displeases the God who has captured our hearts.

And in the end, we only end up longing for more fellowship.  We take time for prayer and praise.  We’ll sacrifice sleep, seeking any opportunity to commune with God.  And then we join together with others who share our faith and our passion and love for God.  Evidence of God is all around us, and we long for still more from His eternal cup of wisdom and blessing.  We go again and again to the well of His Word to draw more nourishment for our souls.  This special time with God that satisfies us so much also creates within us a thirst for even more.

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