In the English Standard version of the Bible, the title of Psalm 119 is “Your Word is a Lamp to My Feet” and the 176 verses that follow certainly make the point that the author is in love with the Word of God.
The poetical form is beautiful using each letter of the Hebrew alphabet as the header for each section to represent a “complete” thought about the significance of the Word of God.
While one could probably argue true heart motive until blue in the face, someone who decides that writing 176 verses and going through the entire Hebrew alphabet expressing passionate love for “rules” (translated “law” or “precepts” in many translations, but I think “rules” is a good term used by the ESV for contemporary culture to better understand the real meaning) is someone who is truly in love with what God has to say about how to live life. Me, on the other hand, can hardly get myself to write a blog post, much less, a journal entry about my reaction to a passage of scripture (incidentally, this is kind of serving as both).
Not that I would ever want to blame anyone else for my lack of spiritual maturity, because it is certainly only due to my lack of effort, but I do believe that there are few examples of people who are that much in love with God’s Word.
Do you ever find yourself around people who are crazy-passionate about something? Those people tend to excite others to be passionate along with them. Unless you make a conscious effort to be a downer, it’s hard not to be excited about the next new toy from Apple when Steve Jobs gets on that stage to show off his brain child’s newest creation, for instance.
I desire to be the kind of person who is so excited about worshiping God that others around me would be just as excited as me, but after reading this Psalm, I think I might have a slightly misaligned passion. While worshiping God is awesome, I need to be even more passionate and dedicated to His Word first, then in response to what He teaches me, and how He grows me, praise His Name.
Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statues
and I will keep it to the end.
Give me understanding, that I may keep your law
and observe it with my whole heart.
Lead me in the path of your commandments,
for I delight in it.
Incline my heart to your testimonies,
and not to selfish gain!
Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;
and give me life in your ways.
Confirm to your servant your promise,
that you may be feared.
Turn away the reproach that I dread,
for your rules are good.
Behold, I long for your precepts;
in your righteousness give me life!
Psalm 119:33-40 ESV
God, that is my prayer for myself, and for others who know and trust in You. Let me turn my eyes from the worthless, and give me life in Your ways. I know that Your Word and Your Rules are good, and in them I will find life. Help me to set my heart of You first and have a constant longing for a deeper and more vibrant relationship with You.