The Psalmist seems distraught, he is praying and pleading with God. In these verses, Psalm 119: 25-48, he admits not understanding, feeling shame yet he asks for strength. Such strong action is depicted as he is learning, meditating, holding fast, setting the law, running to the law, and understanding the Word is his desire. God’s word is described as decrees, precepts, and law. He allows God’s word to be his guide. He asks for faithfulness, he desires to obey it with all his heart, he declares his delight and dependency on God’s word. He is turning from evil. Keeping his eyes and heart focusing on ways to preserve his life, He declares his dependency on God’s unfailing love. Because of God’s unfailing love, we can walk in freedom, we can memorize God’s word. God’s word gives hope and when asked what is the source of our hope and strength we can declare it is God and His word.
Beloved, are you discouraged? The Psalmist asks for life preservation according to God’s word. Beloved, is your soul weary with sorrow? He asks for strength according to God’s word. Beloved, do you meditate on God’s word? Do you hold fast to God’s word? Have you set your heart on God’s word?
The benefits of reading God’s word are endless. God’s word is understandable. God’s word gives us direction, and preserves lives. God fulfills promises and takes away disgrace. God delivers us with his unfailing love, we can trust in his word. Beloved, we have hope in the Lord. The Lord gives us hope and freedom as we delight in his word.
Next week reading plan.