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Psalm 119: 129-136: Love for the Lord’s Word

by | Jun 27, 2024

Psalm 119: 129-136

“Thy testimonies are wonderful!” (verse 129) Wonderful indeed! The pages of inspired Scripture are full of wonderful revelations, commands, and promises. They are wonderful in their nature; for they are free from all error, and they bear within themselves overwhelming self-evidence of their truth. They are also wonderful in their effects; for they instruct, elevate, strengthen, and comfort the believer’s soul. Jesus, the eternal “Word” (John 1:1), is called Wonderful (Isa. 9:6); and all the written Words of God are wonderful as well. And those who know them best wonder at them most! It is wonderful that the Lord should have given any written testimony at all to such sinful human beings, and it is still more wonderful that His testimonies are of such a clear and gracious character. In David’s case, their wonderful character so impressed itself upon his mind that he kept them in his memory. “Therefore doth my soul keep them,” he says. Their wonderful excellence so charmed his heart that he kept them in his life. Some people wonder at the Words of God, and use them for their foolish speculations; but David was always practical – and the more he wondered, the more he obeyed. Note that his religion was true soul-work. It was not with his head and hand alone that he kept God’s testimonies, for his whole soul – his truest and most real self – held fast to them as well.

“The entrance of thy words giveth light!” (verse 130) No sooner do they gain admission into the soul than they enlighten it – and what glorious light may be expected from their prolonged indwelling! Their very entrance floods the mind with instruction, for they are so full and so clear; but on the other hand, there must be such an “entrance,” or there will be no illumination. The mere hearing of the Word with the external ear is of small value by itself; but when the Words of God enter into the chambers of the heart, then light is scattered on all sides! The Word finds no entrance into some minds because they are so blocked up with self-conceit, prejudice, or indifference. O Lord, let Your Words – like the beams of the sun – enter through the window of our understanding! O that they may dispel the darkness of our minds!

But not only does the Word of God provide illumination; it also gives “understanding unto the simple.” Sincere and candid persons are the true disciples of the Scriptures. The Word gives them not only knowledge, but also understanding. These simple-hearted ones are frequently despised; and their simplicity has another meaning infused into it, so as to be made the theme of ridicule – but what does it matter? Those whom the world dubs as fools are among the truly wise, if they are taught by God. What a Divine power rests in the Word of the Lord! For it not only bestows light, but it also gives that mental eye by which the light is received – “it giveth understanding.” Hence the value of the Words of God to the simple-minded, who cannot receive mysterious truth unless their minds are aided to see it and prepared to grasp it.

“Look thou upon me.” That is the Psalmist’s prayer in verse 132. A Godly person cannot be without prayer for very long. In the previous verses, he had been expressing his love for God’s Word; but here he is upon his knees again. This prayer is very short, but it is exceedingly full of matter: “Look thou upon me.” While David stood with open mouth, panting for the Commandments; he besought the Lord to look upon him, and to let his condition and his unexpressed longings plead for him. He desired to be known of God, and to be daily observed by Him. He wished also to be favored with the Divine smile which is included in that word look. If a look from us to God has saving efficacy in it, what may we not expect from a look from God to us? But that is not all that the Psalmist asked for; he continued with the request that the Lord would “be merciful” unto him. Christ’s look at Peter, on the night of His arrest and trial, was a look of mercy; and all the looks of the heavenly Father are of the same kind! If He looked at us in stern justice, His eyes would not endure us; but as He looks in mercy, He spares us and blesses us. David desired that He would look upon him as He “usest to do unto those that love thy name.” There is a particular way in which God looks upon those who love Him, and David craved that he might experience it. It is as if he was praying, “I am Your servant; treat me as You treat Your servants. I am Your child; deal with me as with a son.” From the context, it is clear that he desired such an entering in of the Word, and such a clear understanding of it, as God usually gives to His own sons and daughters – according to His promise, “All thy children shall be taught of the Lord.”

Brother or sister, do you love the name of the Lord? Is His character most honorable in your sight? Is He most dear to your heart? This is a sure mark of grace; for no soul ever loved the Lord, except as the result of love which was received from Himself in the first place.

Lord, we pray that Your words – like the beams of the sun – may enter through the windows of our understanding, and dispel the darkness of our minds! Amen.

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