A Journey Through Psalm 119: A Necessity

Psalm 119:129-136
129 Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.
130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
131 I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.
132 Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.
133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
134 Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts.
135 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.
136 Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.

As we learn and grow in God’s Word, it starts to become more than something we want and becomes something we need.  We start to understand that it is a requirement in our lives and we cannot do without it.  It becomes not just the way we think we ought to go, but the way we want to pursue with all of our hearts.  It will become the primary focus and the center of our lives.  And this true love of Scripture creates a desire and longing for more of it, to learn more, to gain understanding, and to have fellowship there with the Lord.

God’s Word is a light that illuminates our minds to the truth, the right way to live, and the way to please God.  It provides clear direction and outlines the steps we must follow to get where we want to go.  It is more than a valuable resource, but it is the essential thing that helps us navigate life in this world, relationships with God and others, and all of the pursuits of life.  So may we continue to be led by God’s Word, not ourselves or our flesh.  May every step be guided by biblical truth, commandment, and principle as we seek to obey God.

A love for God’s Word and the clear vision that it provides also cause us to grieve over the sinful condition of the world around us.  When we come to know and love God and His Word, it is hurtful to see a cold and callous world disregard our God and what He has to say.  But may the actions of others not dissuade us from continuing our journey, but instead encourage us to keep living out what we’ve learned from our time with the Lord and to share it with others so that they can come to know it and love it like we do.

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