A Reminder: The Basic Purpose of God's Spoken Word
Earlier this year, I was reading Psalm 119 and verse 4 caught my attention. It reads, "You have ordained Your precepts, That we should keep them diligently." But, what really caught my attention was that every word of this verse is significant!
The first word is "You" which identifies God as the author of this verse and His motivation is a loving motivation, like a parent that instructs his child on how to live. The second phrase "have ordained" tells us the words God has given are carefully chosen and authoritatively given. The third word "precepts" refers to the spoken words of God that are meant to regulate our behavior and thoughts. The forth word "we" identifies those who are meant to benefit from the words God has given. It doesn't matter how old you are, your race, your sex, your health, because we all benefit from God's word. The fifth word "keep" tells us that we have a responsibility to conform to God's precepts by habit and/or conduct. The sixth and final word "diligently" implies that the keeping is characterized by steady, earnest, and energetic effort.
Why is there such an emphasis on keeping God's word? In the surrounding verses we see that obeying God's word brings many blessings;
Obeying God's word naturally leads to seeking God with a whole heart
Obeying God's words leads away from evil and towards God
Obeying God's words gives freedom from shame when standing before God
Obeying God's words leads to a thankful heart
All of this caused me to evaluate my own heart and to seek God's help in being a diligent doer of God's word. After all, the Word of God is all around, in sermons, Bible reading, Bible study, and the shared scripture?
How are you doing?