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January 22nd, 2009 at 7:01 am

Psalm 119:14 – Delight in His Testimonies

I am looking out the window at a sun just peeping over the eastern (OK – ESE) horizon. A new day! I like new days, for “joy comes in the morning,” and “His mercies are new every morning.” OK, so I am not always up this early but I am today.

The sun will rise and pass across the sky and settle less that 12 hours from now in the west (OK – WSW). Night will fall and tomorrow morning the sun will come up again, just a tad to the north of where it is today.

One day, another day, and then another day. How will I fill up my days? What will drive me, move me, motivate me?

Will it be that shallow aspect of the American dream – the attainment of wealth and material security? If I had no hope beyond the grave it might be. But I do have such a hope, a hope rooted in knowing the God who loves me, He who is before all time, above and beyond time.

I could direct my day toward the attainment and preservation of material security. It is an option. But to what end? I have read Ecclesiastes too many times!

Jesus said that we are to lay up treasures in heaven,  since treasures on earth are subject to decay and theft whereas treasures in heaven are not subject to decay or theft.

If seeking after the pleasures of wealth or the comforts of affluence or the peace of security is not my purpose for this day under that big sun shining in my face, then what is? How do I know what is most important? How do I stay focused on the important things? If I say “no” to the allure of riches what do I say “yes” to?

I say “yes” to that teaching, guidance, direction, and truth about the most important things. I say “yes” the Word of God. Since it is God himself who gives me life through Jesus Christ, and if it for God that I am made, then I must trust Him to give me the direction I need for today. It is only by abiding in the will of the eternal God that my life has meaning now and beyond the grave. And that will (along with very great promises and essential truths about God, His world, and our purpose) is found in the Word of God.

The Word of God, since it comes from the eternal God who loves me, is an eternal Word.

The prophet Isaiah was confronted with dashed hopes and a sense of the futility of human life in itself. His people had made a big mess of things. God had intervened in judgment. But all was not lost. Hope in the purposes of God for His world was not dashed despite the failure of man.

A voice says, “Cry!”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”
All flesh is grass,
and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades
when the breath of the Lord blows on it;
surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever (Isaiah 40:6-8).

The word of the eternal God stands firm, now and forever more. Generations of man come and go. Like grass they bloom for a time, and then they wither and die. Generations come and go as the seasons come and go. I quote my favorite poet who puts it this way:

Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell:
the soil Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

(from “God’s Grandeur” by Gerard Manley Hopkins)

So, why all this reflection about the “important things’? Well, all of this is leading up to the verse for today from Psalm 119 – verse fourteen, from the “beth” stanza.As is my habit I like to see each verse within the rest of the stanza:

(9) How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
(10) With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
(11) I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
(12) Blessed are you, O Lord;
teach me your statutes!
(13) With my lips I declare
all the rules of your mouth.
(14) In the way of your testimonies I delight
as much as in all riches.

If I could have all the gold in Fort Knox it would not come close to the super abundant worth of the Word of God, that Word of God which stands forever. This Word teaches me the essential things; it opens up for me the person and will of my Creator and Redeemer; it connects me to the One who loves me and for Whom I am made.

If I direct my life according to the testimonies of Scripture – all those acts and deeds and teachings that bear witness to God and direct my way to Him – then I will have defeated the futility of life under the sun.

Speaking of which, the sun is now about one good hand-width above the horizon as it makes its way to its zenith at high noon. It will then set, rise again tomorrow and set again, over and over and over.

And I will take delight in God’s testimonies. Odd, these testimonies even teach me about that sun up there, and about many other important – way more important things. May I live for the important things, and do so today, under God’s servant, the sun.

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