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Psalm 119:97-112

Psalm 119 has been a favorite scripture passage of mine since I was 15 years old. It has been a banner for my Christian walk and a model for how I want to live. The portion I have starts with “O how I love Thy law! It is my meditation all the day.” The law of course is His word. If we are not immersed in it, how do we know it? If we do not meditate on it, how can we acquire the wisdom mentioned in verse 98? How do we obtain the insight of verse 99 or the understanding in verse 100? How will He help us to restrain our feet from every evil way in order that we may keep His word? How can He teach us to keep His ordinances if we are not in His word? How can we say with the Psalmist that His word is sweet to our taste, yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! And how can we gain the understanding to hate every false way if we are not meditating on His word?

How can we say, ‘Thy word is a lamp to my feet, And a light to my path,’ if we never turn the light on? The remainder of this passage is the Psalmist’s promise to keep meditating on His word. He has sworn and he confirms that he will keep His righteous ordinances. He asks to be revived according to His word. He wants God to accept the freewill offerings of His mouth, and for the Lord to teach him His ordinances. The Psalmist states that his life is continually in his hand, yet he does not forget His law. The Psalmist declares that his enemies have laid a snare for him, but he has not gone astray from His precepts. The writer further testifies that he has inherited His testimonies forever, for they are the joy of his heart. The Psalmist has inclined his heart to perform God’s statutes forever, even to the end!

These are powerful words from a man who knows both God and His word intimately. It is both the Psalmist’s testimony and his way of life. He is constantly meditating on God’s word and immersing himself in it. He wants to understand all that God has said in His word. He wants to be constantly taught by God through His word. He wants to be so enlightened by His word that it is “A lamp to his feet, And a light to his Path!”

And God, through the Psalmist, is challenging us to have the same mindset. He wants us to learn about Him and His ordinances. He wants us to meditate on His word. He wants to teach us and help us to restrain ourselves from every evil way. He wants His word to be sweet to our taste, yes, sweeter than honey in our mouths. Please, accept this challenge and taste the sweetness He is offering!

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Contained in today’s reading, in my opinion, is one of the most counter-intuitive statements in all of Scripture.  Jesus, while talking to His disciples, said, ‘it is to your advantage that I go away’ (Jn. 16:7).  This One Who had fed the masses with a little bread and some fish, Who had raised the dead, walked on water, healed the lame, calmed the storms….would be leaving AND, He said, it was GOOD for the disciples that He was leaving!  He told them that if He did not leave, the Holy Spirit would not come (Jn. 16:7).


This statement and conversation with the King must have devastated Jesus’ followers.  Even reading it today causes me to wonder, ‘Is it really to my advantage that Jesus is not physically on the earth continuing to do miracles and teaching God’s truth?’  But I can only say what Jesus said, IT IS TO MY ADVANTAGE.  The Scripture states that the Holy Spirit takes up residence in the lives of His followers (1 Cor. 6:19), gives them strength and leads them into all truth (Eph. 3:16; Jn. 16:13). 


We take too often take the Holy Spirit for granted.  We too often fail to rely on the strength He supplies us.  We too often fail to acknowledge His presence in our lives.  We believe, wrongly, that if Jesus were physically present things in our lives and on this planet would be different.  As we are going to have confirmed for us this coming Sunday in the message from 2 Peter, His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness.  Commit yourself to walk daily in the power of the Holy Spirit allowing Him to control you (Eph. 5:18) and guide you into increasing aspects of Christlikeness.    

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