The Glue that Holds the Day Together
“Praise be to you, O Lord; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statues as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word” —Psalm 119:12-16, NIV.
Look at the richness in these few verses.
“teach me your decrees” — To every believer has been given the Holy Spirit who, among other roles, functions as our own private tutor. His delight is to respond to our request to learn more about the “operating manual” that God has placed on our hands.
“recount all” — What we are given must be personally applied, but that is not the end of the journey. We need to share with others what we learn from the Word of God through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
“rejoice in” — For some, following the Lord seems like such an onerous task. But the psalmist reminds us that we have in our hands, in our hearts, in our minds, the greatest treasure that can be given to anyone. In gratitude for all God’s mercies it is our pleasure to follow Him and to bring Him joy.
“meditate on…consider” — Every day we need to look seriously at what God is saying to us and think about how we need to respond to Him. We never reach the place where we know it all, or no longer have need of His truth applied to our lives.
“delight” — We dedicate our resources and energy to those things that mean the most to us. How far down the list is His Word?
“not neglect” — In the hustle and bustle of every day life, many things slip through the cracks. May one of those things never be that time in communion with the Lord and His Word. The poverty of soul that comes as a result cannot be substituted with anything, or anyone, else.