I began working through the longest chapter in the book, Psalm 119. Its length isn’t why I chose it. Rather, it was chose… because I need a desire for God’s Word. I need to remember that it is eternal, good, holy, and to possess a desire to grow in my knowledge and application of God’s Word. As I “take it apart” piece by piece, the goal is to learn, be built up spiritually, become closer to Christ, and desire His Word… to desire Christ and the words He wants to give me.
God, do good unto me…
The word for “do good” means, “to deal bountifully… to treat a person with benefit.”
As worshippers of God
… we need to know and experience His greatness in our lives.
The heart of David
David is praying, that God would pour His goodness upon him. As he prays to God that he would reap God’s goodness, he voices his desire to have his eyes opened to “behold wondrous” things from God’s Word. To behold wondrous, we need to “pay close attention” and become wowed by the Word of God.
I need whatever this man possessed, which honestly was a dependence upon God alone. David brought these needs to Yahweh in prayer. And he didn’t grow stagnant, but kept digging deeper in his walk with God and how he treats and pursues the Word of God – on a continual basis.
When was the last time you were absolutely blown away
by something you read and took to heart in the Word of God?
When was the last time you prayed for God to give you
a great desire for Him and His Word?
Wowed by God
God wants to wow us, and give us understanding in these wondrous, difficult-to-understand chunks of His Word. Take wisdom for example, who can understand wisdom? Only those God has imparted knowledge and understanding about the wisdom He has created and gives away to His children as a blessed gifts. Only those will understand what wisdom is.
Removing the scales from our eyes
Our eyes must become uncovered. The scales must fall from our eyes, so we can know God and understand what His will is.
“So Ananias… said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized (Acts 9:17-18, NASB).”
By coming to know Jesus and walking in obedience, Saul (now Paul) regained his sight. By coming to Jesus, we too can regain spiritual sight. We can gain understanding into the “perfect law of liberty (James 1:25).”
David knew a few things, that we need to know too.
- … knew his life on earth was temporary, but God is eternal (vv. 19, 160).
- … knew his need for God’s Word and to pray for God to impart understanding (vv. 17-20; Prov. 9:10).
- … his spirit broke for God’s Word, and for the will of God to be done in his life (vv. 20; 73:25-26).
We need to bring to God our desire, or lack of desire, so our Creator God can fill us up with a hunger for Him.