“How blessed are those whose way is blameless, Who walk in the law of the Lord. How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, Who seek Him with all their heart.” (Psalm 119:1–2, NAS)
Psalm 119 is the longest section in the Bible. The psalmist writes his own devotional thought on the Word of God for every letter in the Hebrew alphabet. A friend of mine and I were talking about this psalm just the other day. In length we discussed three things that caught our minds in these two verses.
First, the psalmist describes his relationship with God as a “walk in the law of the Lord.” God’s Word is not something we are supposed to read and study and then put back on the shelf. We are supposed to take it with us throughout our day. Remember what Jesus said to His disciples when He first called them into service? “Follow me!” The Word of God is truly supposed to address and affect every part of our lives.
Secondly, the psalmist encourages us to “observe” the Lord’s testimony. What does that mean? I think he is telling us that the Word of God is to touch our lives so deeply that it affects the way we observe the world around us. The Lord wants us to see the world around us as He sees it. How we treat our family, friends, and neighbors is to be heavily influenced by what God’s Word is causing us to observe in the moment.
Thirdly, when things get a little gray and confusing, we are to “seek” Him with all our hearts. Jesus says in the Gospels that if we seek, we will find. We need to “hunger and thirst” for God’s Word so that it clearly breaks through the dark days of our lives with truth and clarity. With all of our hearts, we seek to know the heart of God for the various situations we find our lives in.
May we walk, observe, and seek the truth and clarity that only the Word of God can provide.