“How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
Blessed are you, O Lord;
teach me your statutes!
With my lips I declare
all the rules of your mouth.
In the way of your testimonies I delight
as much as in all riches.
I will meditate on your precepts
and fix my eyes on your ways.
I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.” (Psalm 119:9-16)
These are words written by David in part of what is known as the longest chapter in the Bible. David knew the importance of knowing God’s word (at that time the Torah) and keeping it close to his heart and mind. The way to follow God and be faithful was to keep his teachings close by and “stored up” in one’s heart.
Today we have both the Old Testament and New Testament. Both teach us of God’s faithfulness throughout the ages as well as His love for us. He wants us to “store up” His word in our hearts so that we “might not sin” against Him. Through the Holy Spirit, we are able to study and hear for God as we read the Bible. That should give us great joy.
This week, as we are in our personal study times of the Bible, let us delight in His statues. Let us not forget His word. Let us fix our eyes on His ways. And let us share this good news to a world that is in desperate need of good news.