Summary: Loving God's Word leads to many blessings
I LOVE HIS WORD
A collector of rare books ran into an acquaintance who told him he had just thrown away an old Bible that he found in a dusty, old box. He happened to mention that Guten-somebody-or-other had printed it. "Not Gutenberg?" gasped the collector. "Yes, that was it!" "You idiot! You've thrown away one of the first books ever printed. A copy recently sold at auction for half a million dollars!"
"Oh, I don't think this book would have been worth anything close to that much," replied the man. "It was scribbled all over in the margins by some guy named Martin Luther."
Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in Bible, talks about God’s Word. 176 verses divided in 22 sections of 8 verses in each section. The titles of the sections are the Greek alphabets. The Psalm is alphabetical. Eight stanzas commence with one letter, and then another eight with the next letter, and so the whole Psalm proceeds by octonaries quite through the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
Author is not mentioned. We believe that David wrote this Psalm. It is Davidic in tone and expression. There are eight different terms referring to the Word of God throughout the psalm: law, testimonies, precepts, statues, commandments, judgments, word, and ordinances. In almost every verse, the Word of God is mentioned. Notice these attributes of God ascribed to Scripture in Psalm 119:
1. Righteousness (verses 7, 62, 75, 106, 123, 138, 144, 160, 164, 172)
2. Trustworthiness (verse 42)
3. Truthfulness (verses 43, 142, 151, 160)
4. Faithfulness (verse 86)
5. Unchangeableness (verse 89)
6. Eternality (verses 90,152)
7. Light (verse 105)
8. Purity (verse 140)
Psalm 119:1. - "Blessed." True blessedness lies in –
I. Defilement avoided by the word.
II. Delight experienced in the word.
It talks about many facets of God’s Word and how it helps us in various ways. But today we are focusing on King David’s love for the Word of God.
What the love for the Word does in our lives?
1. Love for the Word makes obedience a delight and joy:
16 I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.
35 Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.
47 For I delight in your commands because I love them.
167 I obey your statutes, for I love them greatly
2. Love for the Word leads to mediation of His Word at all times:
48 I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees.
97 Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.
3. Leads to hatred for evil and brings holiness:
9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
101 I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word.
113 I hate double-minded people, but I love your law.
119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross; therefore I love your statutes.
163 I hate and detest falsehood but I love your law.
4. Strengthens our trust in God’s promises and faithfulness: