Read: Psalm 119:97-104
Someone once said that the Bible is God’s love letter to us. On some days, it may be difficult for you to open your Bible. Your heart may not be in tune with the words of the psalmist: “Oh, how I love your law!” (Ps. 119:97). The Scripture is “your commandments” (Ps. 119:98), “your testimonies” (Ps. 119:99), “your precepts” (Ps. 119:100), “your word” (Ps. 119:101). Whether you are in the mood or not, Scripture alone will bring light to your situation. Ps. 119:130 says, “The entrance of Your words gives light…”
Some scholars say Ps. 119 was penned by Ezra, whose devotion to God’s Word is well-attested (Ezra 7:10; Neh. 8:1-9). Some others say David composed it. Despite being ridiculed for trusting the Scriptures (vv. 22-23,31,42,46,78), the psalmist did not waver but remained fully committed to them. In today’s passage, the psalmist affirms his deep love for God’s law (v. 97) and affirms how constant meditation on it has made him wiser than his enemies (v. 98), his teachers (v. 99), and the older or wiser men of his day (v. 100). God’s Word provides wisdom and the true perspective for living.
The more we know of people or things, there are chances of admiring them less. But the reverse is true of God and His Word. The more we know the Bible, the more understanding we will have. Familiarity with the Word of God, and thereby the God of the Word, raises the level of affection, and affection seeks yet greater familiarity.
During your personal time with the Lord, as you open your Bible to study it, remember that God has a message for you. Do not just read it for the sake of reading. Rather study it. He speaks to you through His Word. Truly knowing the Bible helps us to know the true God of the Bible and His ways.