Today I found myself reading in the longest chapter in the bible, Psalm 119. Check out the words of the Psalter right near the middle of the chapter: (verses 97-105)
“Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts. I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep you word. I do not turn aside from your rules, for you have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
One does not simply arrive at this destination immediately. To love the law of God is a process (part of our sanctification) that happens over time through the work of Holy Spirit in our lives. But how does it happen? What could bring a person to actually love God’s law and delight in His commands? The psalmist does not leave us hanging with this question.
1. “It is my meditation all the day.” God’s Word is not simply an afterthought, but anytime and anyplace the psalmist seeks to immerse himself in God’s Word.
2. God’s commandments bring wisdom and understanding. “You commandment makes me wiser than my enemies……I have more understanding that all my teachers…..I understand more than the aged…….Through your precepts I get understanding.”
3. God’s law keeps protects the believer from sin. “I hold my feet back from every evil way, in order to keep your word…..I hate every false way.”
4. Over time, God gives us more of an appetite and desire for His Word. “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
5. The law of God provides guidance. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
Of course we could go much more in-depth in our study and even include all 176 verses of this psalm. But I think these few verses provide a good summary of the whole chapter. The psalmist has an intense love for God’s Word and he powerfully expresses that through these verses.