Cause me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.Verse 27 (NIV)
The writer of Psalm 119 uses “law,” “ways,” “decrees,” “precepts,” “statutes,” “commands,” and “word” to refer to the same thing. At first glance you might think God’s Word seems like a heavy set of do’s and don’ts weighing on all our actions.
But that’s not how the psalmist views God’s Word. In his prayer for deeper understanding of God’s precepts, the psalmist connects God’s Word with God’s “wonderful deeds.” We don’t know for sure but the psalmist may be thinking of God’s “mighty hand and . . . outstretched arm” in freeing Israel from slavery in Egypt and bringing them into the promised land (Deuteronomy 26:8-9). Certainly, the psalmist could be referring to all of God’s mighty deeds done on behalf of his chosen people throughout history.
I believe that God’s Word crowds his mind with memories of God’s faithfulness to his people and to the psalmist personally. God’s goodness and his amazing intervention on behalf of his people stand in stark contrast to his displeasure with Israel for the psalmist.
That’s what God’s Word does for us too. It teaches us about God’s deep love for us and his power to save us. Such knowledge allows God’s Word to work in our hearts to increase our love for him and to nourish our desire to serve him in gratitude. Look back and see what God has done in your life, the life of your family or even the life of your church and like the psalmist, let you mind fill with God’s faithfulness and intervention in your life.
Lord, help us to choose the way of faithfulness, and set our hearts on your Word. Amen.