Meditation on Psalm 119

"Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart." (Psalm 119:1,2 KJV)

Psalm 119 is the longest of the psalms - 176 verses, eight for each of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Almost every verse mentions God's Word by one of these names: Law, Testimonies, Judgments, Word, Statutes, Precepts, Commandments, Ordinances, Ways. The entire psalm is filled with praise for the Word of God, its characteristics, and what it does for us.

We are cleansed by obedience to God's Word (v. 9). We receive God's mercy and salvation through His Word (v. 41). "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." (Romans 10:17) The Word strengthens (v. 28), comforts (v. 76), and gives hope and safety (v. 114). It brings peace to those who love it (v. 165) and it gives liberty to those who seek after it (v. 45). It teaches knowledge and judgment to those who believe it (v. 66). It gives understanding (v. 104), light (v. 105, v. 130), and joy (v. 111). God's Word is pure (v. 140), true (v. 142), and eternal (v. 160). The Bible is " to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." (2 Timothy 3:15)

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." (1 Timothy 3:15-17)

Lord, I thank You for Your Word. My Bible is my most precious material possession the first thing I'd attempt to save in case of fire, the only thing I wouldn't want to do without "on a desert island." Thank You for the faithful men who wrote by Your inspiration so that we can know and study Your Word. Help me to be faithful to feed on Your Word each day. Amen.