I Follow Your Commands | Psalm 119:161-168
Today's Passage: Psalm 119:161-168
Key Verses: Psalm 119:165-168
Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. I wait for your salvation, LORD, and I follow your commands. I obey your statutes, for I love them greatly. I obey your precepts and your statutes, for all my ways are known to you.
Billy Graham once said that if he had it to do all over again he would read less books about the Bible and spend more time reading the Bible itself. Books about the Bible are valuable. However, like Graham, we should desire to spend time in the primary source.
Godís Word is not a textbook to be studied for a test, but a love letter to be absorbed for life. The psalmist tells us that his heart of calm comes from time in Godís letter. It warns of the obstacles on the journey so that nothing can make him stumble. Since God knows him inside and out, his precepts and statutes are relevant to his life. This desire for Scripture results in obedience. The psalmist says, "I obey your statutes, for I love them greatly."
Take your time with Godís Word. Read a passage, then read it again. Ponder the Fatherís words just for you. Remember, all your ways are known to him. His eternal Word will speak directly to your heart.
Father, I don't want to treat the reading of your Word like a daily project. Help me read your Word as a love letter from my Father to his child. Help me see your commands as for my good. Help me hide your Word in my heart so that it will illuminate my path and keep me from taking dangerous detours. Thank you for your Word. In Jesus' name. Amen.