Psalm 119:103,105 (NIV)
I used to be intimidated by Psalm 119 because it is the longest Psalm in the Bible. Oftentimes, I found myself reading through the Psalms and skipping right to Psalm 120, because it’s a concise 7 verses as opposed to 176 verses in Psalm 119. Two weeks ago however, I accepted the challenge and read through the entire Psalm and I couldn’t believe how much I had been missing! The Psalm is rich with passion, reverence, and awe for the Lord, His word, and His laws. Throughout the Psalm, the Psalmist beautifully depicts the wonder and truth that is contained in the word of the Lord.
Similar to yesterday’s verse in Jeremiah, verse 103 uses the same imagery of feeding of the word of the Lord. In the same way we crave food for our physical bodies daily, we ought to crave spiritual food through God’s word. I am so encouraged by the Psalmist’s passion for His word declaring, “How sweet are your words to my taste!” How I long to have the same passion and appreciation for the Lord’s word.
After declaring his love for God’s word the Psalmist then explains that God’s word guides and directs our way. There are so many times when I feel lost, confused, and distraught—as though I have completely and utterly lost my way. Thankfully, God is so loving and gracious—not only is His presence with us, He has blessed us with His incredible word that provides guidance, wisdom, and insight that we all so desperately need.
Lord, thank you for your word! As I seek to love you with all of my heart, I long to develop the same passion and appreciation for your word that is expressed throughout Psalm 119. Lord, I pray that I will have a heart that desires to feed off of your word daily. In the same way that I don’t go to bed physically hungry, I pray that I will not sleep at night until I have been spiritually fed by your word. Thank you that your word sustains me. Thank you that your word brings me life. Thank you that your word is “a lamp unto my feet and a light for my path.” Lord, I ask that you would continue to develop in me a deep love for your word. Lord, you are my joy and my heart’s delight! How I love you!