Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I shall keep it to the end.
Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it.
Incline my heart to Your testimonies, and not to covetousness.
Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way.
Establish Your word to Your servant, who is devoted to fearing You.
Turn away my reproach which I dread, for Your judgments are good.
Behold, I long for Your precepts; revive me in Your righteousness.
Eight Points Of Light To Know God’s Word
The writer of Psalm 119 is unknown but his message is clear. Using the Hebrew alphabet as a backdrop, the author declares the joys of growing in the knowledge of God each day and the devoted heart spent on serving the Lord in full assurance. The message can be lost with the division of verses but viewing them from the original thought opens up the love the writer had for the word of God and blessings from knowing the will of the Father. Worship has always been about the joy of having a relationship with God. Growing in faith is dependent on how the heart responds to the word of God and willingness to fall in love with the story of grace and mercy offered by the Lord. The Heavenly Father has made all things possible for man to know Him. Man must learn the way to approach his Creator and respect the word given to him by the Holy Spirit. When men learn to approach God in the holiness He deserves, bountiful blessings will flow from the heart and eternal life secured.
The will of the Lord is called His statutes, law, commandments, testimonies, word, judgments and precepts. Often men will accept the grace of God without the willingness to recognize the will of the Lord. Righteousness comes from the knowledge of the statutes of God and His law. Walking before the Lord in truth demands keeping His commandments. The word must be established in the heart so that faith can blossom. There is only one way and one path to come to the Father. Everything man needs to know the mind of God comes from the word given to every man to read, understand and obey. There is a responsibility on the part of the individual to act towards the will of the Lord. Knowledge comes from learning and this comes from a yearning to be taught the way of righteousness. Understanding must be the desire of the heart. Whole-hearted devotion is found in asking the Lord to order the steps of man’s feet in the path of His commandments inclining the heart to the testimonies of His word. Faith comes when the power of sin is recognized for its influence on the mind. Growing in the knowledge of the Lord begins from the character of refusing to look at worthless things. The eyes are only focused on the mercy of the Lord so that revival can come. His word must be established so that fear may fuel the senses to know His wrath when the soul fails to be faithful. Everything God does and says is right and there is no variation in His word. Faith is built upon the complete surrender of the soul, mind, and body to long for the precepts of God and revival of spirit in the ocean of His righteousness.
It is not known when the psalm was written but what is clear is that long before the first century disciples began unfolding the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ, walking in the path of the one way, the one truth and the one life was evident to God’s people. The author desired to grow in his faith to be taught by the Lord, seeking understanding, desiring to walk by the commands of God and inclining his heart to the testimonies of truth instead of the worldly trappings of covetousness. His focus was on the Father. He did not want the world to take his joy away. Turning away from those things that would not value his journey to heaven was a hallmark of his faith. His desire was to be established in the grace of the Father and to know the joy of forgiveness. Who would not want to seek after the word of God with all these blessings waiting for them? Long for the presence of God through His precepts and seek revival in the righteousness of the Lord. Eight beacons of light shine from this simple passage written by a saint of God who knew the joy of knowing the statutes of God.