If we’re not careful, we can make daily Bible reading a chore and studying God’s word a purely academic exercise. It can become another task to check off the to-do list or a pursuit of knowledge that puffs us up with pride. And the danger is that we lose sight of what repeatedly leads the singer of Psalm 119 to a place of wonder–that the God who created the universe has spoken, and even more, in His word and by His Spirit, He is speaking to me!
Today may be one of those days, and this may be one of those moments, when you are just checking this off your spiritual to-do list. Maybe your heart is weary. Maybe what you’re reading in God’s word doesn’t seem like it’s clicking in your mind. We’ve all been there or are there now, but the good news is that wherever we are at this moment in our lives, God is also there. He is still speaking. So, let’s learn to pray today and every time we open God’s word what the psalmist prays in today’s passage. Let’s pray for understanding. Let’s pray for hope. Let’s pray for comfort and for salvation and for eyes that long for God’s promises. Let’s pray for endurance and strength to walk according to what the Lord says. Let’s pray that God would fill our hearts with the same wonder we see in Psalm 119 and hear in hymns like the one that celebrates, “He leadeth me: O blessed thought! O words with heavenly comfort fraught! Whate’er I do, where’er I be, still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.“