April 29 – Today’s Readings – Psalms 119
In one way or another, almost every verse in this wonderful Psalm makes reference to the Word of God and how much we are in need of it. I counted 175 references to “The Word” in 176 verses – “Your commands – Your law – Your precepts – Your word – Your decrees – Your promises – Your statutes – Your righteous laws – Your righteous promise – The commands of God – The word of truth” – All of these descriptive words are used to describe one thing – THE HOLY SCRIPTURE.
The other fascinating thing to me is to see all of the blessings that will come to us if we make the principles of the Word of God a part of our lives. The Word keeps our walk pure – it brings blessing – it leads to no shame – it keeps us from sinning – it allows us to see wonderful things – it removes scorn and contempt from us – it gives us counsel – it preserves our life – it brings us strength – it keeps us from deceitful ways – it sets our hearts free – it brings direction – it keeps us from worthless things – it leads to salvation – it gives us hope – it brings comfort – it brings a hatred of sin – it brings grace – it leads us to good friendships – it brings knowledge and good judgment – it brings delight – it makes us wise and gives us insight and understanding – the Word “tastes” good – it is a lamp – a light for our paths – it brings us “heritage” – it teaches us the fear of God – it sustains us – it gives us discernment – it defends us – it brings great peace! PHEW! This is not an exhaustive list but it is amazing to find all these blessings in one Psalm. This one is worth some meditation!
These verses also make me think of so many others in Scripture – both Old and New Testament where we see God as a God of great blessing. In the Old Testament the blessings were almost always associated with an “if you do this” then “I’ll bless you” mentality. The people were commanded to keep the decrees of God and if they did they would be blessed. This makes perfect sense because when someone acts upon the principles in the Word of God – even if they are not a believer – they will be blessed. In the New Covenant, blessings follow us simply because we are “In Christ” – “In The Vine” – “A New Creation”. The Word is in us. Therefore walking according to the Word and keeping the precepts of the Word become second nature to us. It is very difficult for a Christian not to be blessed – it would be exhausting work to run away from God and His blessings. If a believer tries hard enough, he may be able to escape but eventually the love of God will ambush him. After all it’s the “goodness of God that leads us to repentance” but only the decisions of a person can keep him there.
1. Tell of a passage of Scripture that has impacted your life in the last month.
2. Tell of a passage of Scripture that has been an anchor to you for a long time.