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 119:145-152 Save me
“I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O Lord: I will keep thy statutes.
146 I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.
147 I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.
148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.
149 Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O Lord, quicken me according to thy judgment.
150 They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law.
151 Thou art near, O Lord; and all thy commandments are truth.
152 Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.”
The Psalmist could not sleep. His enemies are near him. He cries out to God to save him from his enemies. Even in the midst of his troubles, he keeps thy statutes, testimonies, hoped, and meditated in the word of God. He was grounded in God’s word because he knew it was the truth and was founded by God.
This is a great example for us.
When we are in the midst of a trial, do we seek God first or as a last resort? Is God’s word a useful tool in determining the best course of action to take to resolve the issue?
The Psalmist knew where to go. Do we?
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001