Week Five - Day Four
Write it on your Heart
Psalm 119:9-40 - How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it accord- ing to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes! With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth. In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word. Deal bountifully with your servant, that I may live and keep your word. Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. I am a sojourner on the earth; hide not your commandments from me! My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times. You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones, who wander from your commandments. Take away from me scorn and contempt, for I have kept your testimonies. Even though princes sit plotting against me, your servant will meditate on your statutes. Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors. My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word! When I told of my ways, you answered me; teach me your statutes! Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works. My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word! Put false ways far from me and graciously teach me your law! I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me. I cling to your testimonies, O Lord; let me not be put to shame! I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart! Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end. Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart. Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it. Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain! Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways. Confirm to your servant your promise, that you may be feared. Turn away the reproach that I dread, for your rules are good. Behold, I long for your precepts; in your righteousness give me life!
Did you know that Psalm 119 is a love poem about God’s law? Not only that, but it is an acrostic every line within a stanza begins with the same letter from the Hebrew alphabet and there is a stanza for each letter! This is no tongue-in-cheek limerick paying a token of tribute to God’s law, but rather, it is a deeply thoughtful, passion- ate, and creative outpouring of worship for God’s law. The Psalmist says that God’s commands “...have set my heart free” (v. 32). The Psalmist so tenderly treasures God’s word that he not only “meditates on [God’s] precepts” and “considers [God’s] ways” (v. 15), but he also recites them (v. 13) and has “hidden it in his heart” (v. 11). The Scriptures contain the written instruction for us to live in relationship with our Creator. His word is a blessing to us.
• What portion of Scripture causes you to respond and love God’s word, as the Psalmist does? What Scriptures will you practice reciting or “write on your heart” this week? If you don’t know where to start, try Psalm 119:9-16, Romans 1:16-17 or 2 Timothy 3:16-17.