I cry out with my whole heart; hear me, O Lord! I will keep Your statutes.
I cry out to You; save me, and I will keep Your testimonies.
I rise before the dawning of the morning, and cry for help; I hope in Your word. My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word.
Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness; O Lord, revive me according to Your justice. They draw near who follow after wickedness; they are far from Your law. You are near, O Lord, and all Your commandments are truth. Concerning Your testimonies, I have known of old that You have founded them forever. (Psalm 119:145-152)
The Word Storms The Will
There is nothing more moving and powerful than the word of God in the heart of a humble servant seeking to please the heavenly Father. Praying to the Lord must come from a fervent heart bathed in the glory of His grace given to undeserving man. The word of God and prayer go hand in hand because each is dependent upon the other. As the psalmist declares his desire for the Lord he shows the interworking plan of God’s word filling the heart and mind of the individual. Filling the soul with commandments of a righteous God will change the heart and mind of man to long for and desire the saving words of grace found in the meditation of spiritual manna. Crying out with his whole heart, the author appeals to the nature of the word of God to challenge his soul to spend hours delving into the statutes of truth. It takes time to learn. There must be a willingness to exert the energy needed to dig deeply into the well of God’s treasure chest of knowledge. Rising before the dawning of the morning is to seek the word of God preparing the day for the rigors of spiritual service. Coming to know truth comes from a heart willing to expend the time and energy to learn everything there is to know about the word of God. Knowledge is power and this power comes from divine truth. No man is born with this truth. It comes from the diligent effort of devotion required to learn.
Knowledge of the word of God protects man from the harmful influences of sin. There are many evil things in the world. The law of God is given so that man can live outside the influence of things that will harm him. Created for the glory of God, man is an instrument of God’s creation with a specific nature to worship the Creator. The only way he can accomplish good in his life is when man accepts the law of God as his guide and follows the commandments, teachings and statutes of the Lord. The lovingkindness of God blesses man with all he needs but man must respond to that need in faith. Revival comes from the word of God. Following after wickedness results in all who reject the law of the Lord because they refuse to be guided by the pattern of the Lord. The closer the heart draws near the word of God the more blessings fill the heart with hope, peace and love. Man draws near to the Father through the word and the Father will draw near to those who hear His voice. The word of God is the mind of God. Reading and meditating on the word of God is listening to the voice of God. All His commandments are truth with no exception. Designed for the eternal good of man, the Bible is the fullness of God’s mind revealed to creation so that he may glorify the Creator.
The final thought of the psalmist is the everlasting nature of God’s word. It remains unchanged in its character from time beginning because the word of God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Man changes from generation to generation but the Lord does not change. The laws of men will change many times within the lifetime of one generation because man is a fickle and unstable creation that seeks his own wisdom for knowledge. Limited by time and space man can only see the speck in front of his nose that represents his knowledge of anything. God has a vast library of knowledge that spans the beginning of time in creation to the time of days yet to come. On the fourth day of creation the Lord placed the moon in the universe and it remains today as is for many millennia. Nothing has changed in its structure, rotation and purpose. The tides have been impacted by the moon from the first day of its creation. There is nothing more stable than the word of God because it was established before time began and will continue long after the world is destroyed by the hand of the Lord. Men can challenge the word of God but it remains as constant as it was in the Garden of Eden. The gospel still influences men to change their lives. Christ has been preached as risen from the dead for two thousand years and the word of Lord still changes the heart of men. The word of God is founded forever.