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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

2 Samuel 14:1–15:22
John 18:1-24
Psalm 119:97-112
Proverbs 16:8-9

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Psalm 119:97 (CSB): “How I love your instruction! It is my meditation all day long.”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Psalm 119 is pretty fascinating. While we cannot be sure who compiled it (David, Daniel, and Ezra are just a few of the possibilities), much thought was put into it as the Holy Spirit moved the writer to create it.

Not only is it the longest Psalm and the longest chapter in the Bible, it is also arranged in an incredible way. If you look at Psalm 119:1, you may notice that there is something that looks like an “X” above it. This is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet and it is called “Aleph.” All of the first 8 verses start with Hebrew words that begin with “Aleph.” Then, all of the next 8 verses begin with words that start with “Beth,” the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet. And this continues until all 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet are used.

Further, this Psalm is a celebration of God’s Word. Every verse in Psalm 119 uses a word that speaks of the Scriptures (instruction, decrees, His ways, precepts, statutes, commands, etc.).

When we get to the verse that I have chosen as Today’s Bible Verse, we hear that the Psalmist isn’t celebrating God’s Word simply because it is the right thing to do. He is holding the Scriptures up in high regard … because he loves them!

Psalm 119:97 (CSB): “How I love your instruction! It is my meditation all day long.”

In fact, this is a theme that runs through Psalm 119. The Psalmist loved spending much time in his Bible (the not yet completed Old Testament).

Psalm 119:48 (CSB): “I will lift up my hands to your commands, which I love, and will meditate on your statutes.”

Psalm 119:127-128 (CSB): “Since I love your commands more than gold, even the purest gold, I carefully follow all your precepts and hate every false way.”

Psalm 119:159 (CSB): “Consider how I love your precepts; LORD, give me life according to your faithful love.”

Psalm 119:165 (CSB): “Abundant peace belongs to those who love your instruction; nothing makes them stumble.

Psalm 119:167 (CSB): “I obey your decrees and love them greatly.”

When we step away from Psalm 119, we also see similar sentiments found in other places.

Psalm 1:1-2 (CSB): “How happy is the one who does not walk in the advice of the wicked or stand in the pathway with sinners or sit in the company of mockers! Instead, his delight is in the LORD’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night.”

It is one thing to believe that our Bibles contain commands for us to learn and obey. It is quite another for us to realize that learning and obeying God’s Word is something that we can enjoy and love.

Conclusion

So, what about you? Do you enjoy your time in God’s Word?

Speaking from personal experience, the way to enjoy it is to spend much time with it. Read it. Strive to understand it. Make the adjustments in your thinking and your behaviors to conform to its teachings.

And realize that it is God’s love letter to you. It is intended to confront you with truth so that you can see yourself, God, and the world around you rightly. It is also given to equip you so that you can do anything God leads you to do.

Spend time with God’s Word today. If you develop a love for it over time, you will no longer see it as a dull, lifeless book but, instead, you will see it as a living, life-giving book that you love to spend time with and obey.