This is one very cool Psalm! It’d be pretty hard to miss the author’s main theme or “big idea” – the goodness of God’s word.
I’ve actually been thinking about this theme a fair bit this week as I’ve been preparing the talk from 1 Sam 2:12-4:1. It’s funny (sort of) how easy it is to think of the Bible as less than good – something that we SHOULD read, or even HAVE TO read. The guy who wrote Psalm 119 certainly didn’t see it that way:
verse 9: how can a young man keep his way pure? by living according to your word.
verse 14: I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.
verse 32: I run in the path of your commands for you have set my heart free
verse 50: my comfort in my suffering is this: your promise preserves my life
verse 105: your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path
I think that the antidote to our apathy and antipathy towards God’s word is to understand that it’s the word about Jesus. If we love Jesus, the word made flesh, then we will love the word that testifies to him and by which we can know him and love him better.
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