The Bible is the greatest book ever written. It tells us how the world began, how it will end, and its complete history. It tells us about life and death. It tells us why there is so much wickedness in the world. It tells us of the love of God. It explains what sin is and why we need a Savior.
The greatest chapter of the Bible dealing with God’s word is Psalm 119. The 176 verses are divided into twenty-two groups of eight verses each. The first group of eight begin with the Hebrew letter aleph. The next eight verses begin with the Hebrew letter beth. This pattern continues throughout the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
“Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word.
42 So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.
43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.
44 So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.
45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.
46 I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.
47 And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.
48 My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.”
The love of God’s word requires a response.
The Psalmist put “shoe leather” to his convictions about God’s word. Each verse tells what he is doing or what he will do.
The word of God equals ACTION!
All these actions have to do with how the Psalmist sees God’s word.
Merciful, trust, hope, keep, walk, seek, speak, delight, love, lift up, and meditate.
When we read the word of God, do we identify with the Psalmist, or is our rendering of God’s word less intense?
These verses give us a greater appreciation for God’s word.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001