TUESDAY January 8, 2019
THEME: GIVE ME UNDERSTANDING
TEXT: PSALM 119:33-40
33. Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. 34. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. 35. Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. 36. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. 37. Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. 38. Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear. 39. Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good. 40. Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.
In our Sunday school days, we learnt that Psalm 119 has the highest number of verses in the Psalter, and is the longest chapter of the Bible with 176 verses divided into 22 sections or stanzas of eight verses beginning with the letter of the Hebrew Alphabet. Though traditionally attributed to David, all the author is unknown. Nevertheless, according to Warren W. Wiersbe, the Psalm emphasizes the vital ministry of the Word of God in the inner spiritual life of God’s children. It describes how the Word enables us to grow in holiness and handle the persecutions and pressures that always accompany an obedient walk of faith.
Psalm 119 presents God’s Word with many terms such as – Word, precepts, statutes, ways commandments, decrees, law, testimony, judgment and promise. God’s word is indispensable for whoever desires to have a relationship with God and live a holy life. Hence, according to our passage today, we must learn and gain understanding of the Word of God. (v33-34); obey it (v35); delight it (v36-37) Fear God’s precept (v38-39); and long for it (40).
To have a deep longing for God’s truth is the mark of a mature believer. The Psalmist was “consumed with longing” and he even “fainted with longing” (v20-21),NIV), so much that he even “panted” for God’s commands (v131). He longed for the day when God’s salvation would be revealed (v174; Rom. 8:18-23). Meanwhile, his longing was satisfied by the Living Word of God, which is the believer’s honey (v103), bread (Matt.4:4), milk and solid food (1Cor. 3:1-3; Heb. 5:12-14, 1Pet. 2:1-3).
There are many laws, precepts, statutes, judgments and commandments in the Bible for us to obey to have understanding for us as believers to follow. Do you follow them? Do you not obey the ones that suit you? As a government employee in charge of money, do you loot the treasury? The Word of God is truth; let us obey it to the letter so that a crown of glory may be ours in heaven.
1: BREAK Thou the Bread of Life, O Lord, to me,
As Thou didst break the loaves Beside the sea:
Beyond the sacred page I seek Thee, Lord;
My spirit pants for Thee, O Living Word!
2: Thou art the Bread of Life, O Lord, to me,
Thy holy word the truth that saveth me:
Give me to eat and live with Thee above;
Teach me to love Thy truth, for Thou art love.
3: O send Thy Spirit, Lord, now unto me,
That He may touch my eyes, and make me see:
Show me the truth concealed within Thy Word,
And in Thy Book revealed I see the Lord
Psa. 119:34: “Give me understanding and I will keep Your law and obey it with all my heart.