Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart! They also do no iniquity; they walk in His ways. You have commanded us to keep Your precepts diligently. Oh, that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes! Then I would not be ashamed, when I look into all Your commandments. I will praise You with uprightness of heart, when I learn Your righteous judgments. I will keep Your statutes; oh, do not forsake me utterly! (Psalm 119:1-8)
ALEPH – Meditations On The Word Of God
The 119th psalm is a most unusual prose that takes the twenty-two characters of the Hebrew alphabet creating a powerful testimony to the superiority of the word of God. Each section of the psalm is a letter of the alphabet beginning with ‘Aleph’ the first letter of Hebrew. The second stanza begins in verse 9 with the letter ‘Beth’ and so forth. There are few passages that rival the impressive message of the word of God as Psalm 119.
Not all men find the peace and happiness that is lasting and full. God created man to be in a blessed state of contentment but this is only measured by a relationship with the Creator. Adam and Eve discovered when they disobeyed the word of God misery followed. All men desire happiness and seeking the fulfillment of the flesh or carnal mind cannot give man what he was created for. The key is for man to understand why he was formed and created in the image of God. Happiness will only come when man exercises the purpose of his creation and that is to follow the word of God. The blameless walk in the law of the Lord, keep His testimonies and seek Him with the whole heart. Many in the world deny the importance of commandment keeping but happiness can only come from understanding the proper way to live. God’s law is given not to restrict man but to protect him. Knowledge of the law of the Lord is the light that shines on the path of life filled with darkness. How can man know how to live with other men if he ignores the design of the Creator? Blessed are those who see the value and importance of learning the righteous judgments of God.
Following the instructions of the Lord will give man all he needs to know of where he came from, why he is here and what happens beyond the vale of death. No other message will give the meaning of life and its purpose. As the Creator, God formed man with the purpose to glorify Him and His power. Denying the word of God will bring misery, sorrow and spiritual death. Obedience to the Lord requires walking in His way by His commands. It requires keeping His precepts diligently. God has rules and those guidelines must be kept in accordance with the plan of the Lord. What other reason has He given man a book filled with the admonitions and instructions of His will for the world? To ignore the Bible as a book of authority is to reject the life-preserver offered to save man. The blessed man looks into all the commandments of the Lord subjecting his will to the will of the Father.
A remarkable thing happens when a man spends time in the word of God. An infinite spirit of praise comes from understanding the righteous judgments of the Lord. The eyes are opened to the glory of God. There is a need to be closer to God. Spending time in meditation of the word of the Lord emboldens the heart, strengthens the spirit and lifts the soul to the glories of the eternal Father. Learning the stories of holy writ refresh the mind to know that God loves all men through all time. He has given His only begotten Son to guide men to a place of eternal rest through the glory and grace of His love. This is undeserved love because man has been so rebellious of the grace of God. The scriptures show the complete failure of man and yet the absolute love of the Father. Man is fundamentally flawed but the word of God reveals the Father is willing to forgive and redeem. The Bible is not a book of stories but the story of salvation for destitute man. Walking in the way of the Lord brings fulfillment and happiness beyond the imagination of men. Never lose a love for the word of God. Embrace His message, instill His thoughts in your mind and spend each day hearing the voice of God. Aleph.