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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

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This is the longest of the Psalms and is divided into 22 segments based on the Hebrew alphabet.  Each segment or stanza has 8 verses and is a meditation on the excellencies of the Word of God and the importance of it in our lives. It is David’s passionate love song about God’s Word.  But because this Psalm is so long, of necessity our comments will have to be selective and brief. 

First, let’s look at the three great religions in the world, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.  Notice how committed the first two are to their holy books, but what about Christians?  According to recent surveys barely half of us make moral choices based on the principles and standards of Scripture.  That is not how it should be.

It is amazing how God has preserved the Bible throughout history.  It is published in more than 400 languages and thousands and thousands of copies are distributed every week.  More books have been written about the Bible than on any other subject and more writers have quoted from the Bible than from any other source.  There are more existing ancient manuscripts of the Bible than documents from any other popular ancient writing.  So when David sings of God’s Word as a light shining into the darkness the evidence is overwhelming—so let the Light shine.

There are so many blessings that come to us from the study of the Word of God, mentally, physically, and most of all spiritually.  As David says, “Blessed are those who seek the Lord with their whole heart and hide the word in their heart that they might not sin against Thee” (vs. 2,11).  That’s what Jesus did.  When He was tempted in the wilderness by the devil, He depended on Scripture (Matt. 4:1-11).  That’s what we need to do and more so as we move toward the end of time.

Let us spend time with God’s Word, not just learning what the Bible says, but also listening to what the Bible is saying to my heart and yours.  With our children let us sing: “The B-I-B-L-E, yes, that’s the Book for me: I stand alone on the Word of God, the B-I-B-L-E!” 

Note: Taken from “The Chosen” by Dwight Nelson, pp. 224-227.

 

Dwight Nelson
Senior Pastor, PioneerMemorialChurch
AndrewsUniversity