162I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.
163I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.
164Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.
(Psalm 119:161-164, King James Version)
Awe of Thy Word
My heart standeth in awe of thy word.How precious is God's Word to us? The Psalmist rejoiced at God's Word as one who found great spoil, or great treasure. Do we love our Bibles more than our bank accounts, or more than the thought of winning the lottery?
Equated with his love of God's Word was the Psalmist's hatred of lying. The one really does go with the other, does it not? Why did the Psalmist love God's Word so much?
Where do we go in our day to find truth? Do we even expect to find it? Do we expect truth from our leaders, or are we so cynical that we really do not expect to find truth at all? Are we so accustomed to the selfishness of man that we suspect everyone of tainting the truth to their own advantage? Do we really believe that our leaders have our best interests in mind, or are they just very good at putting on a show of love for their fellow man?
Truly, in this day of self-love, one has to go a long way to actually find truth. No wonder the Psalmist, expressed such great love for God's Word. Just think, when we pick up the Word of God, we can say with conviction, "This Word is truth." We can believe everything that is written in its pages, knowing that God providentially provided it to us.
In the pages of our Bibles we learn of who God is, who man is, what happened to man that caused the great divide between he and His Maker. We learn of man's hopeless condition and of His only hope which was provided to him by the Lord Jesus Christ. We learn of God's great love for His people and of the hope of eternal life given to all who believe upon Him.
Oh yes, the Word of God is a treasure greater than all of the wealth this world has ever known. Let us, then, join the Psalmist who said, Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments. Yes, may we, seventy-times-seven times praise God each day for His great love for us, and for His Word which fills our hearts with love and joy for Him and for all He has done for us.
Truly, our hearts are in awe of Thy Word, oh God!
God Bless You,