Rules of Life

As I read Psalm 119 this morning, I noticed two things.

One, the author loves the Word of God. He loves it. He doesn't just appreciate it or feel blessed by it or thankful for it; it is top on his list of amazing things in his life.

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! (v. 10)

In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. (v. 14)

My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times. (v. 20)

I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statues. (v. 48)

When someone tells you to make a list of things you're thankful for, what is the first thing you tend to write down? Is it your home, job, or health? For me it is almost always the people in my life. I usually list my husband, parents, and brother before anything else. There is nothing wrong with my gratefulness for them.

Yet it hit me as I read Psalm 119 that the Word of God is the only thing in our lives that can't be taken away and can't be shaken. My family, friends, job, health, home, food, and everything else can be taken, but the Word of God cannot. What if we loved God's Word so much and spent so much time thinking about it and storing it up in our hearts that it became the first thing that comes to our minds when we think of our blessings?

Here are just a few reasons the Scriptures are the greatest blessing in anyone's life. God's Word tells us who we are; it shapes our identity in the most positive way possible because it tells us we are God's children, the Beloved of Christ, Friends of God, Chosen, Redeemed, and New. It reveals who God is: Alpha, Omega, Redeemer, Savior, Counselor, Friend, Father, King, Prince of Peace, Lord. It explains how we can live abundantly in this crazy world even when it seems like everything has been taken away.

The second thing I saw in the Psalm is that the author's desire to honor and obey God follows something God has done for him. In Christianity, obedience and righteousness are meant to be a response born out of gratefulness to our lavish Giver of a God.

Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statues! (v. 12)

I remember your name in the night, O Lord, and keep your law. (v. 55)

Great is your mercy, O Lord; give me life according to your rules. (v. 156)

What grace He has poured out on us that instead of drudgery and obligation, we can find life and joy in obedience to His commands. He is truly a good and kind God. How thankful I am for His Word.

The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.
~ Psalm 119:160

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.

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