My husband and I will be celebrating ten years of marriage here in just a few weeks. I cannot help but think of the day I walked down the isle and promised to love him no matter what. After ten years and three children the memories are not quite as vivid as they used to be, but there is one thing I remember…there were not enough words to express just how much I loved him. There are moments in life where words will fail, and there just won’t be the right phrase or sentence that could accurately summarize what we are feeling.
After beginning my relationship with Christ I had similar trouble putting together words to describe how I was feeling. As children of God we crave and desire His Word, but too often we are unsure and unsteady about where to begin. When we get up with a transformed life in Christ we have tasted and seen that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8)…and what happens after you have tasted something good? You want more.
It was six years into my relationship with Christ that I fully grasped it was a two way street, understanding I also had a contribution to make. As children of God we are called to follow, to put forth an effort and seek after Him with all our hearts (Psalm 119:10). I began to truly seek after Christ, thirsting for more of Him, craving a deeper faith, a deeper relationship. Jesus shows us in our weakness that He is strong (2 Corinthians 12:9-10), and our weakness shows just how much we need His strength daily. I chose to commit my mornings to meeting with Jesus everyday, letting Him renew me day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16), and it began with simply opening my Bible.
Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm and the longest chapter in the Bible, by and unknown writer with the sole purpose of being centered around the beauty of God’s Word and its purpose to help us grow in faith. In the Old Testament the Israelites were unable to tangibly hold scripture in their hands. Often teachings were passed to each generation through storytelling and repetition in order to memorize God’s incredible Word.
The beauty is that just like my wedding day when words failed… words fail me in my love for God’s truth. The writer of this Psalm captures so incredibly an abundant love for the Word of God, the powerful role that it has in our walk of faith and benefits that follow our commitment to study. We have to fully grasp how powerful this book is. We can never in our own grandest efforts accomplish in our daily lives what God’s Word can do. We will always fall immeasurably short at anything we try to do on our own.
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