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psalm 119: hear, receive, love and obey God's Word

Psalm 119 is the longest in the Book of Psalms. It has a whopping 176 verses!

The author of Psalm 119 is unknown.

Psalm 119 targets one subject: God’s Word.

What I love most about Psalm 119 is that it exalts the Word of God and encourages us to make it our final authority.

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LordBlessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart (Psalm 119:1-2).

I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches — Psalm 119:14.

 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies – Psalm 119:59.

Now, closely read what I am about to say because I’m going to say something important. God and His Word are ONE. John 1:1 says: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:14 says that the Word became flesh and dwelled among us. Who is the subject of verse 14? Jesus. He is the Word of God. And, we know that Jesus is God, the second person of the Trinity.

So many times Christians go to God when they are in trouble. That is good! We should run to God in tough times. BUT so often go speaking the problem INSTEAD of what the Word says. You see, God responds to His Word. His Word is His perfect will. So, become familiar with the scriptures and pray the Word.

There are some wonderful instructions in Psalm 119:

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word (verse 9).

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee (verse 11).

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (verse 105).

It is our responsibility to make God’s Word our priority. God has given us free will. We must choose. He is not going to make us do anything. Notice how the writer of Psalm 119 makes the decision to make God’s Word his final authority:

 I will fix my mind on Your instructions and my eyes on Your path (verse 15, The Voice). 
I will find joy in Your ordinances; I will remember Your word forever (verse 16, The Voice).
I will. The Psalmist is choosing to set his thoughts on God’s Word. He is determined to walk God’s path, and to find joy in God’s ordinances. 
I especially like Psalm 119: 16. So often when we go through tough situations, we look for relief in everything else except the Word of God. We escape into television, movies, reading magazines. But none of these will solve our problems. There is only ONE thing that will, and that is God’s Word. His Word tells us everything we need to know.
Hebrews 4:12, Amplified Bible, tells us that the Word of God is alive, active and full of power. That is why it is so necessary that we give the Bible our full attention. The Word contains the power to change us and our circumstances. It can heal and deliver.
Let me close with one last verse from Psalm 119 that should sum up our attitude towards God’s Word.
Truly, I love your commands
    more than gold, even the finest gold.
Psalm 119: 127, New Living Translation
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