137 Righteous art thou, O Lord, and upright are thy judgments.
138 Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.
139 My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.
140 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.
141 I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts.
142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.
143 Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.
144 The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.
1. Find all the things the Bible will do for you
2. Find the things you are suppose to do with your Bible
3. Find the things the Bible is likened to
Today’s text reveals a Psalmist with an attitude of gratitude toward God’s word, in my opinion. It’s as if he prepared his heart and he was ready to receive the day’s instruction (Psalm 119:137-38). What a great start to our devotional time. God used these two verses to prepare my heart! I like to pray and sing a hymn just before starting to read or write. My heart is made ready – no matter what issues of the day are on my mind – I’m now ready to hear from the Lord.
We’re not just reading any book. We have the holy word of God before us. How great is that? We are so blessed to have an opportunity to sit down any time we want to and hear from our Heavenly Father! As if that isn’t enough, His word will never mislead us or take us down a path of sinfulness (Psalm 119:140). The Psalmist recognized this and expressed his love for it! He understood that as along as he stayed in God’s word, he would be receiving righteous truth (Psalm 119:142)!
No matter what the situation is in our lives, we know that God is there ready to help us, to teach us and to guide us! The Psalmist recognized this in his own life and he knew where to go for help. Read Psalm 119:43 – even though trouble and anguish were all around him, he was able to say: “yet thy commandments are my delights”!
Sadly, Christians today do not realize the power they have in their Bible! Within its pages are direction, comfort, instruction, correction, etc. All breathed by a holy and righteous God (2 Peter 1:21)! This is no ordinary book, dear friend! Our King James Bible is God’s word for us in our very own language! How merciful is that? How easy is that? We do not have to rely on the Hebrew or Greek – we have our very own English copy and God promises to reveal to us exactly what He wants to teach us (John 14:26)! To top it off, the word of God is living! It’s not archaic at all, but it is new and fresh each time we open it and read it (Lamentations 3:21-23)! What other book can do that? None!
The Psalmist closes this segment with the cherry on top of the sundae! Psalm 119:144 “The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live. God’s words will never expire! They are everlasting! Why would anyone want to take a man’s word when he can have God’s word, which is everlasting?! Furthermore, what promise of man can guarantee you life everlasting? God’s word promises eternal life! On a side note, a quick search for the words ‘eternal life’ (in my King James Bible), revealed that it appears in 30 verses! It must be an important message then! (John 3:14-21) Is it any wonder that Satan works so hard to keep the Christian from reading the Bible?
What more can we ask for? God’s word provides so much to the believer! Is it any wonder that Jesus said it is to be our very food (Luke 4:4)? How precious is God’s word to you?