Songs of Praise: Psalm 119:33-72

We continue our love song to God’s Word. Read Psalm 119:33-72 [Click on the reference to read online or open up your Bible.]

The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

Psalm 119:72

What a rich passage of Scripture. What a wise psalmist who has fallen in love with His Word. I find myself overwhelmed by the writer’s heart for God’s rules and promises laid bare before me.

I’m humbled by the writer’s pleas and at the same time a little embarrassed at seeing into this man’s heart. Like I’m a peeping-tom… a voyeur… these words feel very intimate.

Teach me, O Lord… we hear him cry. The stanza reveals the writer’s past experience with the delights of  walking His Way, but he longs for more. Asking God to change his heart so he will no longer wander.

Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord… I hear the writer cry: Love me! Love me! Having experienced the freedom, protection, and joy of God’s love for him through the law makes him want more of God’s love.

Remember your word to your servant… In these words I hear him say simply: Remember me. The hope and comfort he’s experienced in God’s promises come to him like a song. It sings to him while he’s far from home. A blessing along the way of obedience. The writer doesn’t want to be forgotten by God.

The Lord is my portion…  Here the psalmist claims God as his inheritance, his treasure. God’s grace has touched his heart in a way he longs for more. The writer desires the grace of God’s way to be his. A treasure worthy of praise.

You have dealt well with your servant, O Lord… The psalmist gratefully comes under God’s lordship because he’s tasted His goodness. Knowing the goodness of God through His Word and His Way, the psalmist longs for it more than any riches the world has to offer.

The psalmist lays his heart bare proclaiming his love for God and His Word and his desire for so much more of Him.

Can you connect with the writer’s desire for God’s Word? Do you feel the kind of intimacy he feels for God?

I challenge you to turn today’s passage into a prayer. Re-read the verse asking God for all the things the psalmist asked for. Ask Him to make the psalmist’s words true for you too.

Amen.

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