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December 9, 2014

Text: “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.”  Psalms 119:26-27

This chapter (Psa.119, the longest chapter in the Bible) is indeed a paean to the love of  instruction of God’s written word. The writer portrays his love affair with the Bible. One visible theme of the chapter is the writer’s repeated request to be instructed in the word of God. (Nine times in the chapter.) His love for the word is apparent, as is his thirst for learning the message of God. This man aspired to be a real master of the Word. 

Why is this writer so interested in learning the Bible? Because he is a young man needing answers to the great questions of life.  “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.” Psalms 119:9 We are born with a clean slate, knowing nothing about right and wrong. On that clean slate something must be written. Both good  and evil instruction will be entered, and one will prevail.  Each of us will choose our behaviors, and those choices for good or evil will fix our eternal fate.  (II Corinthians 5:10)  This, then, is supremely important in our eternal destinies: heaven or hell.

The young writer of this psalm profoundly yearns to be a person of moral integrity and recognizes that he will need a reliable guide. Thus, he asks God to provide a guide to righteous behavior.  Most people put little thought into choosing the proper moral guide: thus they trust their own conscience, the behaviors of their families, or thoughtless ideas of peers. But the myriad of invitations to follow God’s revealed will are ignored. Make no mistake: God is the author and judge of morality. ” It is written in the Prophets. ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me…”‘  John 6:45  That sums up this way: God is the teacher and we are the pupils.

Further, the writer seeks  God to provide the indispensable quality of understanding.   It is common to meet persons who misquote a Bible verse and put a wrong meaning on it. Others skillfully twist the text to make it say something wrong. And there are those who choose a wrong interpretation to affirm an error. To practice real consistency with the text one must practice integrity and intense study. “Do your best to present yourself as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed rightly handling the word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15   God will deliver his understanding; each of us must answer with his own measure of honest endeavor to learn.

Seek God through his word and obey as it leads you.


Blessed Bible How I Love It

Blessed Bible, how I love it!
How it doth my bosom cheer!
What on earth like this to covet?
Oh, what stores of wealth are here!
Man was lost, and doom’d to sorrow,
Not one ray of light or bliss
Could he from earth’s treasures borrow,
Till his way was cheer’d by this.

Yes, sweet Bible! I will hide thee
Deep – yes, deeper in this heart;
Thou through all my life wilt guide me,
And in death we will not part.
Part in death? no never! never!
Through death’s vale I’ll lean on thee;
Then in worlds above, forever
Sweeter still thy truths shall be.

*This little verse  is an abbreviated form of a poem taken from a once popular hymn written  about 1874 by Phoebe Palmer.  This is the version I have quoted for at least 40 years. I hope you love it as much as I do.














One Comment
  1. Larry permalink

    I am so impressed with the wisdom in these writings! I’ve been reprinting them for our congregation at Chattanooga. I hope you don’t mind.–Larry

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