Psalm 119:17-24 Gimel
Be good to your servant while I live,
that I may obey your word.
Open my eyes that I may see
wonderful things in your law.
I am a stranger on earth;
do not hide your commands from me.
My soul is consumed with longing
for your laws at all times.
You rebuke the arrogant, who are accursed,
those who stray from your commands.
Remove from me their scorn and contempt,
for I keep your statutes.
Though rulers sit together and slander me,
your servant will meditate on your decrees.
Your statutes are my delight;
they are my counselors.
It’s very clear in this portion of Psalm 119 the Psalmist is very much in love with God’s holy Word. I can be honest and say it took me a long time to love God’s Word the way I do today. It’s very much alive and it applies itself to every situation I may be facing. God does not sit back and let things happen, He involves us literally in everything, if only we read and studied His Word. When I began reading this part of the Psalm, 2 Timothy 2:15 came to mind.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
When you start to obey God’s Word your life really begins to add momentum and you start living a very significant life. There are three attributes we can gain by reading and meditating on God’s Word.
- Comprehending. The Psalmist is praying at the beginning of this Psalm to gain understanding of God’s Word. He wanted to understand better, what he was reading. He wants to grasp the concepts of God’s Word. We have the advantage over the Psalmist in the fact that we have the living Holy Spirit within us interpreting the scripture for us if we allow ourselves to listen. Daily reading the Word will find you listening to God. Sometimes we need to stop praying and start listening. I always say that in order for us to find God’s will and path for our lives we have to use prayer and the bible like a handset to a telephone. You have the microphone to speak into, that’s prayer. You have the receiver to hear the speaker, that’s reading God’s Word.
- Conviction. The Psalmist has confidence in God from reading His Word. We know God will grant us favor over our enemies. We can show the same confidence David had when he was facing Goliath. The Goliaths in our own live pale in comparison to a mighty awesome God that loves us no matter what. That can give us convictions on living our lives in a better way than what the world does.
- Comfort. When understanding the scripture it makes us strong and confident, and when that happens, we have comfort. We know God is going to handle everything in His time and on time, because His time is the best time. It’s impossible for us to see the forest through the trees, but not God, God can see all. Scripture was also provided to us for comfort. There is so much encouragement in the bible of how much God loves us we cannot leave it without coming away feeling the comfort and security God provides.
God’s Word is very much alive today and if we take time to read it and understand it and meditate on it we will find these three awesome attributes in our lives.
© [David Howard], [David’s Body Temple], 2011-2015.