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.
Psalm 119:81-88 I forsook not thy precepts
“81 My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.
82 Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?
83 For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.
84 How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?
85 The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law.
86 All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me.
87 They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts.
88 Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.”
The Psalmist is being persecuted. He asks God to comfort him, execute judgement on his enemies, and quicken him.
The Psalmist’s bedrock is God’s word. In the midst of his persecution he continues to obey the commandments of God.
Believers in Christ should have that same perspective. Every decision we make should be based on the word of God. If what we want to do is in conflict with God’s word, DON’T DO IT! God gave us His word to be obeyed, not to limit our freedom, but to protect us from the evil in this world.
Obey God’s word..
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001