Psalms of Honesty and Truth
I love making fudge and other mouthwatering delectable delights for the holidays. Randy seems to enjoy the results and even points out new recipes I should try. My coworkers seem to enjoy the outcome as well. My daughters can out dessert me. I am not in their league, but I love to try. As I scroll the facebook wall, many of you also like to make beautiful treats in much bigger ways. In fact, you amaze me with the quantity, quality and variety of your work!
Yes, we are a generous people with our delectable delights and take pride in giving them away just to see the happy look on the faces of the recipients. Diets are put aside for awhile to enjoy the sugary goodness of the season.
There is an even greater delectable delight given generously by God, our Heavenly Father that we have the privilege of enjoying every day…His Word. “My soul is starved and hungry, ravenous!…for Your nourishing commands”, says the Psalmist in our next “bite” of Psalm 119. “OPEN my eyes so I can see…”, he writes. While others mock me, I’ll do what you say. Your sayings on life are what give me delight.
I wonder…what God’s face looks like when we dive into the dessert, the delectable morsels of His wisdom and then show delight in tasting, chewing and understanding each bite…and then LIVING it? Mm. Something to think about as I make another batch of candy for the family…
Psalm 119:17-24, The Message
Be generous with me and I’ll live a full life;
not for a minute will I take my eyes off your road.
Open my eyes so I can see
what you show me of your miracle-wonders.
I’m a stranger in these parts;
give me clear directions.
My soul is starved and hungry, ravenous!—
insatiable for your nourishing commands.
And those who think they know so much,
ignoring everything you tell them—let them have it!
Don’t let them mock and humiliate me;
I’ve been careful to do just what you said.
While bad neighbors maliciously gossip about me,
I’m absorbed in pondering your wise counsel.
Yes, your sayings on life are what give me delight;
I listen to them as to good neighbors!
Consider…(With the help of Warren Wiersbe, Commentator)
–To be sure, nobody is saved or sanctified by striving to obey the law. But for the dedicated Christian believer, there is a deeper meaning to the law, a writing of the Word upon our hearts (Deut. 4:9, because of the new covenant in Jesus Christ!
— To unsaved sinners, the law is an enemy because it announces their condemnation and cannot save them. To legalistic believers, the law is a master that robs them of their freedom. But to spiritually minded believers, the law is a servant that helps them see the character of God and the work of Christ.
–The Word of God performs many wonderful ministries in the life of the devoted believer. It keeps us clean (v. 9), gives us joy (vv. 14, 111, 162), guides us (vv. 24, 33-35, 105), and establishes our values (vv. 11, 37, 72, 103, 127, 148, 162). The Word helps us to pray effectively (v. 58) and gives us hope (v. 49) and peace (v. 165) and freedom (vv. 45, 133).
–Loving the Word will bring the best friends into our life (vv. 63, 74, 79), help us find and fulfill God’s purposes (v. 73), and strengthen us to witness (vv. 41-43).
–When we think we are “down and out,” the Word will revive us and get us back on our feet (vv. 25, 37, 40, 88, 107, 149, 154, 156, 159).
–If we delight in His Word, learn it, treasure it within, and obey what it says, the Lord will work in us and through us to accomplish great things for His glory!
As we read and study Psalm 119, we will see the writer in a variety of experiences, but his devotion to the Lord and His Word will not change. Circumstances may change, but God and His Word remain the same.
Thank you, Father, for Your Word.
In Jesus Name, Amen