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meditations on Psalm 119...

How do you even begin to introduce Psalm 119? I have contemplated this, and there seems to be no right words in my mind. The only way to describe it is what Matthew Henry (the great English minister of the 18th century) once said...Psalm 119 shines the brightest in the constellation of the Psalms. And so my journey began months ago. I vowed to read it in it's entirety every day for a week - then a week turned to two and here I am, still reading Psalm 119 everyday. It was and is like a gift that mesmerizes me every time I open my Bible.

I didn't need to read much farther than the 1st verse to quickly realize that God's Word and His instruction was going to be crucial to the plot. In fact, as I continued reading, almost every single verse mentions either His Word, statutes, instruction or judgements. The Psalmist was hungry for the Word and the Word was His entire delight. And I found it quickly becoming mine, soon into my quest.

The crux of the entire Psalm? Verses 9 -11.

"How can a young man keep his way pure?

By keeping Your word.

I have sought You with all my heart;

don't let me wander from Your commands.

I have treasured Your word in my heart

So that I may not sin against you."

This is the central point, the foundation on which the rest stands. We must SEEK His commands, KNOW His commands, KEEP His commands and TREASURE His commands. The initiative started with God giving us His Word, and we are left to desire it.

And the beautiful thought the Psalmist seems to continually rely on throughout is that grace says it is never too late. At one point in my life I thought it was too late, and I wanted to end my life, to end the pain. But as my vision is blurring and the tears are filling my eyes, I am beckoned once again to feel the beauty of grace and the weight of His love. Through every failure, through every crushing realization of my sin, through every minute of my life, I can see now that God was calling me to Him (and still is). Once my heart sought Him and His Word, He came running with arms open wide. Here I am many years later, and still finding His Word as life to my soul. Oh the love of a Savior that treasures me, and the desire in my heart to treasure Him and His Word above all else!

"Don't collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven...for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19 - 21


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