Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them. The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. I opened my mouth and panted, for I longed for Your commandments.
Look upon me and be merciful to me, as Your custom is toward those who love Your name.
Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.
Redeem me from the oppression of man, that I may keep Your precepts.
Make Your face shine upon Your servant, and teach me Your statutes.
Rivers of water run down from my eyes, because men do not keep Your law.
He Loves The Word Of God
There is nothing more soothing than spending time in the word of God drinking deeply from the eternal springs of God’s abundant grace. The happiness of man has always come from the relationship shared between the creation with his Creator and the acceptance of divine wisdom above human wisdom. Satan attacked the word of God in the beginning and destroys the happiness of man when he tempts man to turn away from the holy commandments of the Lord. Those who are full and live with greater joy are those who love the word of God spending many hours delving deep within the fabric of holiness, truth, righteousness and the love of God. The testimonies of the Lord inspire the mind to stand in awe of the majesty of the Lord to consider the plight of man, the needs of humanity and the wonder of His witness through creation and the revealed word. From Genesis to the Revelation, the Holy Spirit opens the mind to things so incredible and beyond the comprehension of man. The unfolding of the word of God spreads light in a dark world so that man can see himself more clearly and understand the nature of his Creator. No book has ever equaled the power of the Bible to reveal the nature of man and his need for salvation. The common people understand its simple message. There is no need for a college education to know the truths of God’s word or to possess an intellectual mind of great wisdom to chart the vast expanse of the precepts of the Lord. All men can read and understand the mind of God revealed in the Bible to make them wise unto salvation and live a holy and godly life in a world of darkness.
The psalmist is emotional about the word of God. It is not merely a subjective view of commands, precepts and laws. Reading the words of the Father brings about a hunger and thirst for the knowledge of God as a man panting for water to drink. There is a deeply moving and powerful passion to the message of hope contained in the commandments of the Lord. Often people view commandments as burdensome. The psalmist realizes the power of keeping commands as a blessing not an affliction. Because of his knowledge of the word of God the psalmist fell deeply in love with the name of God. This shows an immense feeling of trust for the word of God to guide his life as a light to a dark path. There are four specific things that are sought by the psalmist. He asks God to look upon him, direct his steps, redeem him from oppression and allow the face of God to shine upon him. What he desires most from the Father is mercy. He prays that no iniquity have dominion over his life as he abides in the word of God and that he is saved from the oppression of man. His desire is to learn the statutes of truth and righteousness. He is fully devoted to the word of God. There is not a spirit of doubt in his mind. The word of God is the fullness of his heart, the measure of his steps and the focus of his mind. Keeping the commandments of the Lord is a joy for the man who loves the Lord.
There is a final observation the psalmist makes in his declaration of love for the word of God. It is a rarity in a world of intellectual prowess to find a man who is emotional about what he reads from the word of God. It pains the heart of the psalmist that men do not keep the law of God. Let those words sink deep in the heart and take time to meditate upon the consequence of what it means that men refuse to follow the word of God. How tragic a life that is not lead by the testimonies of God. There is nothing more sad or full of remorse to see lives directed by the carnal pleasures of an empty life that find no joy in life and no reward in death. Rivers of water ran down from the eyes of the man who loved the name of God and the word of God because men did not keep the law of the Lord. When was the last time you and I had an emotional moment of remorse at the condition of man? The tears of the psalmist were full because he knew what joy was found in keeping the precepts, commands, laws, statutes and judgments of the Lord and yet most men pay no heed and give no regard to the word of God. Today the Bible is the fully revealed mind of God showing man the grace, love and mercy of God to a lost and dying world – and sadly the majority of people do not care. It grieves the heart of the psalmist to see men turn from the word of God. There should be such love today when we see the lost condition of our neighbor, coworker, friend and family member. Fall in love with the name of the Lord and let the word of God direct your life, redeem your soul and find the blessing of God’s face shining upon your heart.