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Sunday, 10 February 2019

Psalms 119 : 121-144

“The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.” -Psalm 119:130

Psalm 119 celebrates the magnificence of God’s Word and the good benefits of following it. It may be a record of the personal experience of the Psalmist or the outcome of his meditation on the subject. The influence of God’s Word on the varied circumstances of life as experienced by the Psalmist can equally apply to us today who are in similar situations.  

From our text today let us reflect on a few specific thoughts:


  • Deal with Your servant according to Your mercy, And teach me Your statutes. (Ps 119:124)

There are times that one feels oppressed either by physical troubles or enemies. Even at such times, it is looking up to the Lord that can carry us through. It’s the mercy of God that we need from Him to deal with us – both when we have walked away from the principles of His Word or when we feel our afflictions are so hard to bear. Ps 119:71 of the same Psalm says, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I might learn Thy statutes.” Troubles can make us or mar us by the way we respond- it can be a time to draw closer to God and draw strength from His Word. 


  • Your words are a doorway that lets in light, giving understanding to the thoughtless. (Ps 119:130 CJB)

Imagine a closed dark room where, when the door is opened, a flood of light enters! That’s the picture we get from the above verse. Our ignorance and thoughtless behaviour can be equaled to darkness which needs the light of God’s Word to bring us right understanding. The instructions in God’s Word provides for us the right insight we need for guidance. 2 Timothy 3:16 [NLT] says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” Besides, when we “get into” the Word, we are able to see its beauty and mystery revealed.


  • Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me. (Ps 119:133)

God’s Word is the Christian’s road map! It points us to the right way and gives us the right directions. If we are keen to study and meditate on His precepts, we will keep sin at bay. Ps.119: 11 says, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.”  It is easy to be entangled in the corruption in the world or be lost in the maze of worldly ways if we are not diligent to feed on God’s Word and hide it in us. 

The last verse in our reading- Ps 119:144 says, “The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.” The truths of God’s Word stand forever. There is a righteousness that God has decreed in His Word. We can never stand before this Righteous God as all our righteous acts are like filthy rags before Him (Isaiah 64:6) -we can never measure up! Hence He has had a way through Christ Jesus –“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2Cor.5:21). In accepting Christ and His death on our behalf to be made right with God, we shall live eternally in Him. This is the understanding that one who is ignorant needs to gain, that he/she may obtain life everlasting!
May we all be guided daily by God’s Eternal Word!


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