A Season of Psalms - Psalm 119:18
“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
Why is “abbreviated” such a long word? Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavors but dishwashing soap is made with real lemons? Why do doctors call their business a “practice?” Why is a boxing ring square? Why does rain drop but snow falls? Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?
Psalm 119 is a thought-provoking wonder of the psalter. It’s not only the longest chapter in the Bible at 176 verses, but it’s also an acrostic poem, meaning each successive verse begins with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The psalmist asks for clarity of vision to behold the wondrous things encapsulated in the Scriptures. What do we find in the law? In His word, we find the boundless love of God; direction for our lives; instruction to shepherd us through our complications and calamities; wisdom to guide us in our decisions; hope to give us endurance; joy in knowing that God is with us on the journey; and salvation for an eternal future. The Scriptures are the complete and perfect standard of truth, values, reality and behavior. By grasping its penetrating message, we can live lives that are blameless and pure before the Lord our Maker. The word of God is readily available to us, yet at times we take it for granted rather than making it our treasure. Psalm 119 reminds us that there is nothing quite as sweet or wonderful as the living word of God. His word is a “lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (119:105).
Billy Graham: “Down through the years it’s been ridiculed, burned, refuted, destroyed, but it lives on. It is the anvil that has worn out many hammers. Most books are born, live a few short years, then go the way of all the earth; they’re forgotten. But not the Bible.” The word of God is alive today and still very much active. Hearts are being touched, lives are being transformed. Have you feasted on His life-giving, life-transforming word today?
Further Reading: Psalm 119:97-104; Jeremiah 15:16-17
Pray with me:
Father, Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Teach me to walk in Your ways. Step by step, please lead me, and I will follow You all of my days. In Jesus’ name, Amen.