Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; You established the earth, and it abides. They continue this day according to Your ordinances, for all are Your servants. Unless Your law had been my delight, I would then have perished in my affliction. I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have given me life. I am Yours, save me; for I have sought Your precepts. The wicked wait for me to destroy me, but I will consider Your testimonies. I have seen the consummation of all perfection, but Your commandment is exceedingly broad. (Psalm 119:89-96)
I Am Yours, Save Me
The psalmist of Psalm 119 was a deeply devoted child of God. Throughout the writings of this incredible psalm he offers praise, glory and a deep sense of how powerful the word of the Lord is to his life. Built upon the Hebrew alphabet, Psalm 119 is a striking portrait of how the saving grace of God’s word gives life to the spirit of man. Written nearly three thousand years ago the message of the psalm is just as fresh today as the time the tune of praise entered the author’s heart.
God’s word is not a fabricated story of man’s imagination. One of the greatest horrors of man on the Day of Judgment will be the realization their rejection of the Bible as anything but a fairy tale will prove eternally wrong. The word of God is heaven sent by the same power that formed the world. His revelation of divinity through the written word comes from the throne of righteousness settled beyond the reach of man. From generation to generation, the faithfulness of the word of God remains unaltered. It is unchanging like the world itself remains the same. The sun rises and sets as it has since the beginning of time. Seedtime and harvest have remained constant since the day God set all things into motion. Life continues to go through its flowing motion of birth and death with no change. Like the law of the natural world, the law of God remains the same from generation to generation.
There is security in the word of God because it is settled in heaven. The confidence we can have in the word of the Lord is that is always true, it is always right and it is always a blessing. Life is in the word! Every effort of man to explain life apart from the will of the Lord is met with disaster. There is wickedness in the world because of the absence of the light of God. Darkness can never overtake the light and exists only because of the absence of light. Evil can never overtake righteousness and exists only because of the absence of truth. Hearts void of truth will never find happiness. The word of God will dispel the plans of the wicked. Giving attention to whole counsel of God will bring truth to the heart.
Seeking the precepts of the Lord will bring salvation. The heart that is willing to give everything to the mind of God will find peace. Committing our life to God will save us. Letting His word guide our steps will protect us. Embracing the love of God through His word will establish our hearts before His throne above. The Bible should be our daily experience. No day should ever pass that we have not drunk deeply of the wisdom of Jehovah God. Say to the Lord today, “I am yours, save me.”
Everything in the sacred books shines and glistens, even in its outer shell: but the marrow of it is sweeter; if you want the kernel, you must break the shell. (Jerome; 340-420; Epist. LXIX)