Tuesday, February 25, 2014

We Need God's Word

Deal bountifully with your servant, that I may live and keep your word. Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. I am a sojourner on the earth; hide not your commandments from me! My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times. (Psalm 119:17-20, ESV)

The believer's need for God's word:
Since I am a stranger here on earth, I need God's commandments and judgments all the time. I need Him to deal bountifully with me, that I might live and that I might keep His word. I need His word to live. I also need Him to open my eyes so that I might be able to see what is in His word; otherwise it is foolishness to me.

You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones, who wander from your commandments. Take away from me scorn and contempt, for I have kept your testimonies. Even though princes sit plotting against me, your servant will meditate on your statutes. Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors. (Psalm 119:21-24, ESV)

The proud turn away from God's word because they think they don't need it. Only the humble will come to God's word, thirsting for it. And the proud will gather and mock the humble for clinging to God's word. But that will offer comfort and delight to the one clinging to God's word, making all else blur and fade.

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