08.21.2015 Old Testament: Psa 119.17–24
To read the Bible in a year, read Psalm 119.1–48 on August 21, In the year of our Lord 2015
By Don Ruhl
In the third section of Psalm 119, the psalmist shows the influence of the word of God in his life,
Deal bountifully with Your servant,
That I may live and keep Your word.
Open my eyes, that I may see
Wondrous things from Your law.
I am a stranger in the earth;
Do not hide Your commandments from me.
My soul breaks with longing
For Your judgments at all times.
You rebuke the proud—the cursed,
Who stray from Your commandments.
Remove from me reproach and contempt,
For I have kept Your testimonies.
Princes also sit and speak against me,
But Your servant meditates on Your statutes.
Your testimonies also are my delight
And my counselors.
The psalmist wanted to live and keep the Lord’s word. The psalmist wanted to see wondrous things in the Law, and did not want the Lord to hide His commandments from the psalmist. He so loved the word of God that the soul of the psalmist broke with longing for the judgments of the Lord, but the psalmist wanted the Lord to rebuke those who strayed from something as wonderful as the word of God.
The psalmist dedicated himself to keeping the Lord’s testimonies, and hoped that for such dedication, the Lord would remove reproach and contempt from the psalmist, such as when princes spoke against him. For you see, the psalmist had made the testimonies of the Lord his delight and his counselors.
Do you think in those ways about the word of God?