Psalm 119:97-120 is today's reading. As I read David's love for God's law, admittedly, I'm a bit embarrassed. I am not sure I love God's law the way he did. I know I want to. But his constant focus in Psalm 119 about his love for God's law puts me to shame. Here are some other truths from David about God's law: 1. He is "always thinking of God's decrees" (vs 99). I don't do this. I know I should.
2. "How sweet are your words to my taste; they are sweeter than honey" (vs 103). I must admit often I would prefer sweets to God's word and law.
3. "Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path" (vs 105). Do I trust God's word and law in my times of darkness when I can't see the next step? Sadly, not always. But my heart wants to .
4. "Your decrees are my treasure; they are truly my heart's delight" (vs 111). Do I value God's word and principles more than all other earthly treasures? Are they truly "my heart's delight?"
5. "Your word is my only source of hope" (vs 114). Another place where I had to reflect honestly before our Lord this morning.
Some think God has given us his word and law to protect us from making horrible decisions that hurt us. This is most certainly true. But could it be too that God's law is supposed to be a delight? Better than honey? More valuable and costly than an earthly treasure? A lamp to our feet to guide us in times of darkness? A source of hope in times of despair?
If we begin to think about God's law as something positive, protective and encouraging instead of merely protective, that's when it becomes a "delight," something for which we hunger and revere.