Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep Your precepts. I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep Your word. I have not departed from Your judgments, for You Yourself have taught me. How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. (Psalm 119:97-104)
I Love The Word Of God
Life can be filled with dark clouds and a foreboding future. Every generation faces challenges that seem insurmountable. Worries and fears fill the soul with a crushing feeling of defeat, draining the spirit of energy and hope. Satan finds vulnerable souls in those dark days of despair to ply his trade of deceit, deception, and defeat. The first thing God created was light, which is a testimony to the purpose of man’s existence. God did not create man to live in darkness but in the light of His presence. Adam and Eve were placed in a garden of paradise that filled all their needs. They could walk and talk with the Lord God in the cool of the day. There were no dark clouds, doubt, or fear. That came when Satan deceived the woman and sin overshadowed the world.
The first thing Satan challenged the woman with was the word of God. When Eve accepted the deceptive words of the devil, the soul of man fell. Every generation faces the question of what to do with the word of God. There has never been a time when God has not revealed His will to His creation. The word of God has given man hope, promise, protection, and guidance. God said that man could find life when he obeys the word of the Lord, or he will find death in disobedience. The psalmist illustrates the power of God’s word to renew the spirit to the image of the Father.
Love is a profoundly emotional feeling. The psalmist declares a love for the word of God. It is not a passing fancy or a seasonal expression of casual acquaintance. He loves the word of God. This loves comes from a daily meditation on the story of God’s love, His grace, mercy, and kindness to mankind. Loving the word of God is a priority in life. Every day spent in God’s word is a day of renewal. The spirit finds a refreshing spirit in the pages of the word of God. Through a study of the Bible, a man can have a greater understanding than his enemies, his teachers, and the ancients. The Bible tells a man what he is, why he is on the earth, and where he is going when he dies. There is no book written by man that brings hope to the soul as the word of God – the Bible.
The world can be a dark place with fear. There are uncertainties highlighted by the pandemic of a virus that has changed the landscape of humanity for generations to come. One message that has not changed and cannot be challenged is the word of God. There must be a spirit of renewal to return to the old paths of God’s word for hope. What this generation is experiencing is not new to the problems men have faced before. It is impossible to know what dangers the psalmist faced when he penned the great psalm of God’s word. What is clearly defined in his message is that loving the word of God will renew the spirit to soar like eagles and trust in the will of the Father with greater hope. Renewal begins with love – a deep love – for the word of God. Then the spirit can be renewed to love God more, honor Christ, and be a person of joy in a world of darkness. Allow the word of God to shine deep in your heart this year. Let’s renew our spirits in the word of God.