When I read Psalm 119, I find myself reading slowly, reflecting on the goodness and sweetness of the Word of God. The psalm begins: “Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart” (119:1-2).
“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (11). Thomas Brooks, in Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices, notes this as one of the most important remedies, that is, keeping God’s Word before us.
“I will meditate on your precepts” (15). Again, Thomas Brooks: “Remember, it is not hasty reading, but serious meditating upon holy and heavenly truths, that make them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the bee’s touching of the flower that gathers honey, but her abiding for a time upon the flower that draws out the sweet."
“I am a companion of all who fear you, of those who keep your precepts” (63). The fellowship of brothers and sisters in Christ is the sweetest of all relationships.
“I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation” (99). If we would be truly wise, we will learn God's Word and meditate upon it.
“Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me” (133). If we are to walk in the right way, we must always be resting in the Lord's power and grace.
“Many are my persecutors and my adversaries, but I do not swerve from your testimonies” (157). Charles Spurgeon: “It seems a strange thing that a truly godly man, as David was, should have many enemies; but it is inevitable.” Even when everyone else rejects the Lord and his Word, we must keep to our God and his Word.
“Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble” (165). What peace is found in the Word of God!
How precious is the Book Divine,
By inspiration giv’n!
Bright as a lamp its doctrines shine
To guide our souls to heav’n,
To guide our souls to heav’n.
Its light, descending from above
Our gloomy world to cheer,
Displays a Savior’s boundless love
And brings His glories near,
And brings His glories near. -- John Fawcett (1782)