I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.
Psalm 119:14-16 (NIV)
Read: Psalm 119:1-16
Consider: In the previous post I asked the question ‘How do you feel about spending time reading and meditating on God’s word?’ It was suggested that we should all (including myself) spend time reading and meditating on God’s word, allowing the Holy Spirit to open it up to our understanding.
Looking at the words of the psalmist in Psalm 119:14-16, let’s consider just three words used by the psalmist and think about their dictionary meanings:
Rejoice – to feel or show great joy;
Meditate – think deeply about something; focus one’s mind for a period of time;
Delight – please greatly; take pleasure from.
Does this describe your approach to God’s word? Perhaps it is what you would like it to be.
Even just thinking about three words can give you greater insight than you had previously and that is even before we might consider the meaning of ‘statutes’, ‘precepts’ and ‘decrees’, or ‘great riches’. God’s word is indeed extremely rich in meaning. Hopefully, you can see why even a relatively short passage of Scripture can get you thinking and open up your mind to what God might want to say to you.
In the next few posts we are going to look at a familiar passage from Ephesians 6:10-20. The passage deals with the armour of God and most of us will have read the passage many times. Indeed you may even have heard it preached on a number of times. However well you might think you know the passage from Ephesians 6, please come to it with an open mind and a receptive heart.
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. (Psalm 119:18 NIV)
Pray: Father, may we learn to rejoice, meditate and delight in your word. Give us a disciplined heart that can truly say ‘I will not neglect your word’. Amen