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Psalm 119: 97-104: Love for the Lord’s Word

by | Jun 26, 2024

psalm 119: 97-104

“O how love I thy law!” (verse 97) This is a note of exclamation. David loves God’s Word so much that he must express his love somehow; but while making the attempt, he perceives that it is inexpressible – and therefore, he cries, “O how I love!” We not only reverence the Law of God, but we also love it. We obey it out of love; and even when it chides us for disobedience, we love it nonetheless. The Law is God’s Law; and therefore, it is our love. We love it for its holiness, and desire to be holy; we love it for its wisdom, and study to be wise; we love it for its perfection, and long to be perfect. Those who know the power of the Gospel still perceive an infinite loveliness in the Law – why? Because they see it fulfilled and embodied in Christ Jesus!

“It is my meditation all the day.” This was the effect of the Psalmist’s love, and it was also the cause of it. He meditated in God’s Word because he loved it, and then he loved it even more because he meditated upon it. So ardently did he love it, that he could not get enough of it! All day long was not too long to spend with it. His morning prayer, his noonday thoughts, and his evensong were all out of Holy Writ; and even in his worldly business, he still kept his mind saturated with the Law of the Lord. It is said of some persons that the more you know them, the less you admire them; but the opposite is true of God’s Word. Familiarity with the Word of God breeds love for it, and love for it seeks even greater familiarity. When “thy law” and “my meditation” are together all the day, the day grows holy and devout and happy, and the heart lives with God. At the end of the last section (verse 96), David told us that he had seen an end of all perfection. So he turned away from all else; but he turned to the Law of God, and tarried there the whole day of his life upon earth – growing henceforth wiser and holier!

“How sweet are thy words unto my taste!” he exclaims in the 103rd verse. He had not only heard the Words of God, but he also fed upon them; they affect-ed his palate as well as his ear. The Lord’s Words are many and varied, and all of them together make up what we call “the written Word.” David loved each one of them individually, and all of them together as a whole; he tasted an indescribable sweetness in them. He expresses the fact of their sweetness; but since he cannot express the degree of their sweetness, he cries, “How sweet!” Being God’s Words, they were Divinely sweet to God’s servant; He Who put the sweetness into them had prepared the taste of His servant to discern and enjoy it.

“Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” David not only feasted upon the Word, but he also instructed others; for he felt an increased delight in it. Even the sweetest of all temporal things falls short of the infinite deliciousness of the Eternal Word; honey itself is outstripped in sweetness by the Word of the Lord. When the Psalmist fed upon it, he found it sweet; but when he gave witness of it to others, it became sweeter still. How wise it will be for us to keep the Word on our palate by meditating upon it, and on our tongue by speaking of it to others! But it must be sweet to our taste when we think of it, or it will not be sweet to our mouth when we talk of it.

Lord, we confess that, by nature, our minds are simple and unlearned; but we thank You that the study of Your Word gives us an understanding which no college education can impart. We pray for grace that as we feed and meditate upon your Word, we may find it sweeter than honey! Amen.

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