Pocket Sized Thoughts – Psalm 119 – Part 4

Psalm 119:1-16 “Blessed are they who keep His testimonies” (v.2)

The first word of this great psalm is “Blessed”. There is no sense of curses, threats, punishments but a word which describes wholeness in every department of our lives. To whom does this apply? It is to the undefiled, the perfectly sincere and those whose hearts are undivided. Thus the emphasis from the outset is upon living and conduct, not just academic knowledge. We are to diligently hold onto God’s commandments (v.4) not to debate them into irrelevance. To honour all His commandments is the way to a clear conscience without shame. If there is any shame, or sin, the Word has an ability to cleanse the entire life and purify from all residual effects of unrighteousness. But the Word also has a power to safeguard from sin and direct the person toward holiness of life. This advice is directed toward young people, learners, who are still vulnerable and susceptible. The whole heart must be engaged in seeking; putting the best thing in the best place (as stored treasure) for the best purpose (v.11). This reminds us of the tablets of stone which were stored in the innermost place of the tabernacle. If this is the prime motive in our life, we can do no better. As we learn, His word becomes to us the best treasure and brings unbridled joy.

PRAYER :- “Lord, thank you that there are such riches in Your word; help me to always hold firmly upon them.”