A Journey Through Psalm 119: Corrector

Psalm 119:65-72
65 Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word.
66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.
68 Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.
69 The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.
70 Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law.
71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.
72 The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.

God’s Word is good, and it keeps us going on the good path.  Everything in it is right and just.  It sets the bounds for us to stay within.  It teaches us justice and how to make right evaluations of things so we can make right decisions.  It serves as a teacher, a corrector, a rod that keeps us in line.  If we look to it, it will help us to make right decisions and not go astray.

As we grow, we are able to make better choices.  We learn to be obedient.  We learn by negative consequences not to repeat those things that are not in line with God’s way.  We learn the good way, the good things to do, and the good way to be from the only Good One and His good and holy Word.  We can have a teachable spirit that recognizes that there is always more to learn from God’s Word.

Besides God being our teacher, the struggles we endure also help us to grow.  These trials are our teachers, as well, because we can learn God’s way by being corrected.  We can learn to trust through hardships.  We can understand how good and right God’s Word is by experiencing that in a real way in our lives.  Therefore, God’s Word becomes precious and valuable to us.  We recognize that nothing else can give us what it can, and so we give it that place of value and allow it to have influence on us.  And when we’d rather have God’s Word than other things, we’ll make choices that add more of those vital things to our lives as we forsake a pursuit for worldly treasure in exchange for something that matters so much more.

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