Psalm 119:1-48

Read Psalm 119:1-48

I can remember school assignments for which the requirement was to write a certain number of pages on a single subject. I can also remember frequently thinking something along the lines of, “How in the world am I going to write that many pages about that?”

Today’s reading makes up part of the longest chapter in the Bible and, even though David’s writing spans 176 verses, it’s all about a single subject: God’s good and perfect law.

How did David write about God’s Word at such great length? 19th century preacher Charles Spurgeon offers this response:

“All human books grow stale after a time; but with the Word of God the desire to study it increases, while the more you know of it the less you think you know. The Book grows upon you; as you dive into its depths you have a fuller perception of the infinity which remains unexplored. You are still sighing to enjoy more of that which is your bliss to taste.”

As you read David’s words today, whether from a device or a page, remember that he is writing about the very Word that you hold in your hand. This Word has been breathed out by the living God (2 Tim. 3:16) and, as such, is living and active itself (Heb. 4:12). You could give the rest of your life to reading and studying it and yet never fully mine it for all the riches contained within. 

Nevertheless, I hope you will give the rest of your life to reading, studying, and applying the good and perfect law of the Lord. And as you do so, I hope it elicits the same response in you that it did in David–one of devotion to God and desire to know his Word all the more.

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