Reflections on Psalm 119 (מ Mem)

joyPsalm 119:97-104

97 O how I love your law.                                                All day long I meditate on it.
98 Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for I am always aware of them.
99 I have more insight than all my teachers,
for I meditate on your rules.
100 I am more discerning than those older than I, for I observe your precepts.
101 I stay away from the evil path,
so that I might keep your instructions.
102 I do not turn aside from your regulations,
for you teach me.
103 Your words are sweeter
in my mouth than honey!
104 Your precepts give me discernment.
Therefore I hate all deceitful actions.

“O how I love your law!” This exclamation doesn’t mean that the Christian must always feel an easy affection for God’s commands. If we ever come to an unflinching reckoning with who God is, it would be unusual if we never felt a little intimidated. When we look at the vastness and intricacy of the universe and ponder what gargantuan power it must have taken to construct it, we ought to tremble a bit. Nevertheless, those who have put themselves in Christ’s care can take a lavish comfort from His promises.

“Your words are sweeter in my mouth than honey!” The believer who has made his peace with God will often find that, where there was once alienation from God because of rebellion, there is now a sense of celebration and a well-settled joy at how perfectly God has made the world―and us. God’s commands will often cause us discomfort and inconvenience, but this is the process by which degraded things are gradually replaced by godliness. “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)


About Douglas Abbott

I am a freelance writer by trade, philosopher and comedian by accident of birth. I am an assiduous observer of humanity and endlessly fascinated with people, the common elements that make us human, what motivates people and the fingerprint of God in all of us. I enjoy exploring the universe in my search for meaning, beauty and friendship. My writing is an extension of all these things and something I did for fun long before I ever got paid. My hope is that the reader will find in this portfolio a pleasing and inspiring literary hodgepodge. Good reading!
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