I've been working through a Psalms devotional this year. It was written by Tim and Kathy Keller, and has been one of the only year long devotionals I've actually stuck with. For the past couple weeks I've been working through Psalm 119, and found this mornings devotional to be challenging and encouraging. I thought I'd share it with you.
Psalm 119:129-136. "Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them. The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. I open my mouth and pant, because I long for your commandments. Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is your way with those who love your name. Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me. Redeem me from man's oppression, that I may keep your precepts. Make your face shine upon your servant, and teach me your statutes. My eyes shed streams of tears, because people do not keep your law."
The Unfolding Word: When the psalmist calls God's Word "wonderful," he is using a word that means "supernatural" (verse 129). It is not a merely human book. This is why the Bible "unfolds" its depths for those patient enough to plumb them. While the Scripture is clear enough in its basic message for a child to understand, it will not yield its astonishing riches except to trusting (verse 133), obedient (verse 136), diligent (verse 131) study and sustained reflection. If this price is paid, however, the return is infinitely greater than the cost.
Prayer: Lord, I take time for only the most superficial Bible study. But everyone makes time for the things they fell most important. I confess that my heart has little desire to know the Word. Let Psalm 119 break my heart's indifference. Amen.