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The Bible is God’s Gift to Us
One of the most enduring things we have on this earth is God’s Word. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of our Lord remains forever and ever (Isaiah 40:8, Matt 5:18, 1 Peter 1:24-25).
The Bible equips us to live this life in a godly way; it literally gives us everything we need (2 Peter 1:3).
The Way We Live Is Our Gift To God
Check out the prayer of the psalmist in the opening section of Psalm 119. My heart echoes these words each morning when I wake up. If you’ve never prayed this, I dare you! Just be ready for God to change your heart.
Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees!
Then I will not be ashamed
when I compare my life with your commands.
As I learn your righteous regulations,
I will thank you by living as I should!
If our hearts and lives did consistently reflect His decrees, what would our lives look like? What good gifts would be ours?
The Gifts We Receive From The Bible (Psalm 119)
Joy comes to those who walk with integrity and obey the Word (v. 1). Joy belongs to those who keep God’s law and search Him out (v. 2, 143, 162).
The Bible gives us everything we need for life and godliness (v. 9).
3. Resistance Against Sin
How do we resist sin? The same way Jesus did when Satan tempted Him in the wilderness! We stand on the Word of God. When we are tempted, we refute it with the Word of God that we have hidden in our hearts (v. 11).
4. Wise Advice
God’s laws give us the wisdom to know how to make the right choices. When we take the standards for heart attitudes and actions outlined in the Bible, we have all the wisdom we need at our disposal (v. 24).
When we go through times of trouble, we can receive reassurance of His faithfulness. He will bring to mind that promises we’ve read and tucked into our hearts to give us peace when life is stormy (v. 38).
Obeying God gives us freedom. Sometimes we buy the lies of this world that we are bound by regulations and a bunch of outdated commands, but the truth is that Jesus came to set the captives free. God’s truth, saturating our hearts and minds, liberates us (v. 45).
His Word is living water to our parched souls and revives us when we are weak and tired (v. 50, 76).
When we are distressed, overwhelmed, or afraid our comfort comes from the Word and the truth it gives us about who God is (v. 50). The Bible reminds us that we are His children and He cares for us.
9. Good Judgement
God’s commands “make us wiser” than those who are in this world, those who come against us. They give us the guidelines and boundaries we need to exercise good judgment (v. 98-99, 104, 130).
God’s Word is our source of hope. It renews us when we are overwhelmed and refocuses us when all we can see is our trouble. God’s word is hope for the hopeless (v. 43, 114, 138, 147).
Those who stand on the promises of God have “great peace” because they know who He is and what He will do for them. They know the end of the story and that any troubles they have in this world are only temporary and their eternity is sealed in Him (v. 165).
The Cry of Our Heart From Psalm 119
I pondered the direction of my life, and I turned to follow your laws.
I will hurry, without delay, to obey your commands. (Psalm 119:59-60, NLT)
Knowing these 11 treasures (and so many more!) are ours when we read, study, meditate on, and memorize the Word of God, we should eagerly anticipate our time in it each day. And as we plant it in our hearts, we should bear the fruits of obedience.
We should pray for a love and desire for His Word.
Lord, give me a desire for Your Word so that I create time each day to read it and help me understand what it means (Psalm 119:27, 32). Give me the passion to understand how to apply Your ways to my life so that I can be ‘all in’ with my faith and my life (Psalm 119:34). Help me walk away from the habits that don’t bring You joy and replace them with choices that honor you; I long to obey You but I need Your help (Psalm 119:39-40). Thank you, Lord, for the gift of Your Word. Amen.