Experiencing Delight with God and His Word - Wednesday, February 6th
Deal bountifully with Your servant, that I may live and keep Your word. Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your law …. My soul is crushed with longing after Your ordinances at all times. You rebuke the arrogant, the cursed, who wander from Your commandments …. Your servant meditates on Your statutes. Your testimonies also are my delight; they are my counselors. Psalm 119:17-18, 20-21, 23B-24
But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.” Luke 6:49
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
At some point earlier on in his life the Psalmist chose the path of devotion to God and his Word and he is determined to stay on track for the long run. He has found his connection with God and his Word to be so fulfilling that he can hardly wait for God to give him more and more instruction. Today’s Scripture moves from the Psalmist’s yearning for a greater breadth of understanding to longing for a greater depth of understanding. Notice all the things from our passage that indicate this: “Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your law; My soul is crushed with longing after Your ordinances at all times; Your servant meditates on Your statutes; Your testimonies also are my delight; they are my counselors.” Truly the Psalmist’s mind and heart are overflowing with delight in God and his Word as more and more he discovers the wonderful depths of truth and the bountiful way it transforms his life.
There is something more from today’s portion of Psalm 119. Notice the following words, “You rebuke the arrogant, the cursed, who wander from Your commandments.” The Psalmist is very well aware that the story could be different. He does not ever want this to happen to him. If he could have somehow heard the words of Jesus in the Luke 6 passage above, he would have thoroughly understood and carefully heeded his words of warning. Truly, the Psalmist is a wise builder of his spiritual house whose response to God and his Word is full and complete.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, deal bountifully with Your servant, that I may live and keep Your word with the same kind of delight that the Psalmist had. There are things in life that truly delight me. I know it would delight you if I would find full delight in you and your Word. Show me wonders from your Word that create a longing in me for you and your Word like I have never known before. May I always be wise and not unwise in the building of my spiritual house. Amen!
Posted on Wed, February 6, 2019
by Ken Hart