Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word. Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me. My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times. (Psalm 119:17-20, KJV)
What are the wonderful things we can receive by following God’s law?
First, of all remember there is freedom when we live within God’s law. He created it as a loving father creates rules for a son or daughter. They do so to keep their children from danger. The Word of God has been given to us to help us see how best to live our lives for God.
Finding the Pearls of Wisdom in God’s Word
A. The Word is a GIFT of Life to the Soul!
“Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.” (vs. 17)
When I read this passage, I can feel what the writer is saying. I know there are multiple times in my life where I have felt drained of all energy, strength, and resources. But coming to God’s Word, I have felt life restored in me. This is the Living Word that restores my soul. Nothing else in this world can give you life like the Word of God.
B. The Word Illuminates the Soul
“Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” (vs. 18)
The more we pray for our eyes to be open to the Truth in God’s Word, the more marvelous things we can see. My eyes become clearer and His Word becomes more alive to me, as I grow in the Lord. Words that didn’t jump off the page before, jump off the page now. God’s Word will never become boring to read, there will always be something new in it for you and I. We need to go to it with fresh eyes, willing to see the mysteries that haven’t been unfolded for us before. May our eyes open wider to the Truth waiting to be revealed in God’s Word to us on a daily basis.
C. The Word reminds us we’re not Home Yet
“I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.” (vs. 19)
This verse gives the road sign of Detour Ahead ~ This is not my destination, this is my journey to my destination. We are here to reserve our inheritance in heaven, not to be entangled by the perishable things on this earth. So the next time you feel like you were made for something more, I’ll let you in on a little secret…You were! You are made for a home in Glory! But while you are on this earth longing for the home awaiting us, spend your time wisely. Teach others how to find the freedom in God’s Word and to know His love like you do. So they may know their True Home is awaiting them!
D. The Word Stirs up Longing in the Soul
“My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.” (vs. 20)
Longing ~ A strong persistent desire to do something. In this case, there is a desire to discover more of God’s Word. When you find something that you are passionate about, you tend to talk about it a lot and learn as much as you can about the subject. God desires for us to have this kind of longing for His Word. To reach for it with a desire to devour it and learn to live by the words we read in it. He doesn’t want it to be a chore you think you have to do on a daily basis. He wants you to enjoy the time you get to spend with Him. Trust me, the Word has more value and more wonderful richness than any other book in this world. It’s taking the time to study it and learn what God would have you do with the words written in it just for you.
May the Word of God start to draw you like a magnet. May you start to enjoy the simplicity of even the smallest word, knowing the time and the detail that God spent on it for you. Dive in and see what God has for you. He’s waiting to enrich your life with every word written from Genesis to Revelation. I pray the Lord will use this devotional today to help you see the power in His Word and what a treasure we have in it. May we not take for granted our freedom to read it and learn more about our Heavenly Father.
Lord, I pray that my eyes will become more open to see all that is inside Your Word. May I truly spend more time getting to know you through the Words you have breathed life into. May I find the pearls in Your Word and carry them with adoration in my heart!
In Humble Adoration I seek You,