Live the Word (Psalm 119:41 – 56)

ו41 Let Your mercies come also to me, O LORD—
Your salvation according to Your word.
42 So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me,
For I trust in Your word.
43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
For I have hoped in Your ordinances.
44 So shall I keep Your law continually,
Forever and ever.
45 And I will walk at liberty,
For I seek Your precepts.
46 I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings,
And will not be ashamed.
47 And I will delight myself in Your commandments,
Which I love.
48 My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments,
Which I love,
And I will meditate on Your statutes.

ז 49 Remember the word to Your servant,
Upon which You have caused me to hope.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction,
For Your word has given me life.
51 The proud have me in great derision,
Yet I do not turn aside from Your law.
52 I remembered Your judgments of old, O LORD,
And have comforted myself.
53 Indignation has taken hold of me
Because of the wicked, who forsake Your law.
54 Your statutes have been my songs
In the house of my pilgrimage.
55 I remember Your name in the night, O LORD,
And I keep Your law.
56 This has become mine,
Because I kept Your precepts.

The psalmist speaks of numerous benefits of knowing the word in the first stanza of this passage.  He speaks of mercy, liberty, delight, and the ability to live unashamed.  The word brings many benefits when one seeks, keeps, speaks, and lifts up the commandments of God.  The second stanza of this passage continues the litany of blessings brought by knowledge of the word: hope, comfort, life, and the presence of the Lord, even in the night seasons.

While this passage is a continuation of the high regard the psalmist has for the word of God, it takes on new meaning as it digs deeper into the myriad results of meditating upon and knowing the word of the Lord.  We cannot expect peace and satisfaction if we meditate upon, vegetate in, or promulgate the ideology of the world.  As Christians, we must dig into the word of God and allow Him to transform our mind through His commandments and precepts.  Get into the word.  Know the word.  Live in the word!

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