You have dealt well with your servant, O Lord, according to your word. Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe your commandments. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word. You are good, and do good; teach me your statutes. The proud have forged a lie against me, but I will keep your precepts with my whole heart. Their heart is as fat as grease, but I delight in your law. It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn your statutes. The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of coins of gold and silver. (Psalm 119:65-72)
The Law Of His Mouth
There are many ways to describe the will of the Lord. Looking at the commandments of God is a pleasant thing and welcomed by those who desire to please Him. The psalmist is clear in his defining the pleasing nature of the manner of God’s dealing with him even in adversity. In all things the writer acknowledged the Lord has dealt in goodness and grace because God is good and He does good. There is nothing lacking in the care of the Lord towards His people and the bounty of blessings that comes from the word of the Lord. Much of what the psalmist proclaims comes from a relationship with the written word of God. He refers to the word of God, His commandments and statutes, the precepts of the Lord and His law. While each one is descriptive of the nature of the word of God they show the impact upon the heart of a man who is joyous at the presence of the knowledge of the Almighty. The dealings of the Lord toward a man who went astray will exalt the mercy of God and the power of His word. He knows the joy of returning to a rightful place with the Father. Basking in the warmth of God’s forgiveness the penitent transgressor imbibes of the word of God to rekindle his spirit in the judgments of righteousness. Knowledge is his power as he learns the lessons of godly sorrow. Believing in the commandments of God leads him to the paths of holiness. Feeling the goodness of God in embracing the soul brings joy to the heart of the saved.
The law of God’s mouth is the most exquisite wealth in all the world. There is none to compare to the wisdom of the word of God, His judgments and commands are eternal and resting in the precepts and statutes of the Lord brings delight. Assaulted by the proud and arrogant, the person of God stands firm upon the promises of the Lord. His word will never diminish. Affliction will come from the knowledge of God’s word but it is a healing affliction that brings peace and joy. Coins of gold and silver are no match to the power of the gospel of God revealed unto man to know the will of the Father. Viewing the Bible as the divine testimony of God’s goodness and wrath implies the heart must listen and carefully follow His word. After all the affliction and the trial of life the author admits that God is good and all His dealings with the soul are righteous and true. God deals well with all men if they will seek Him. Through the precepts of His word the blessings of God’s presence is felt among the faithful. What other place can a man find peace, harmony and joy but in the word of God?
Truth comes from the word of God and man’s happiness is eternally tied to the revealed word given by the Lord to all men. Rejecting the word of God is a sentence of death upon those who trifle with the power of His commandments. There can never be any ray of hope when men turn aside from the word of God. The Bible is the fully revealed words of the Creator and no other book written or to be written can match the power, majesty and glory of its message. Turning away from the Bible is turning away from the answers of life and what lies beyond the vale of death. Upon every page the commandments of the Lord speak to the welfare of man. His eternal destiny is wrapped up in the statutes, precepts and laws of God. What comes out of the mouth of God is divine and true and righteous all together. Delighting in the law of God is good. It is a wholesome activity to spend daily time in meditation of the mind of the Lord. Listening to the voice of God will keep the devil from whispering in the ear of doubt. The law of the mouth of the Lord is better than any amount of money, pleasure, enjoyment or carnal knowledge. Knowing God is knowing it all. No God and there is no knowing. Learn the judgment and knowledge of the Lord to find happiness. It will be an eternal experience.