My first brush with Psalm 119 came when I attended Pioneer Girls club ‘way back in elementary school. The theme verse was “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” (v. 105). We recited it every week, and it’s remained in my memory bank ever since.
Psalm 119 has become a favorite chapter to me in recent years. It contains many stand-alone nuggets of truth. One of them is ”I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments” (v. 45). It’s short but mighty. Think about it for a moment:
When we devote ourselves to God’s command to forgive those who offend us, then we walk in freedom from anger and bitterness.
When we devote ourselves to God’s command to speak words of life rather than gossip, then we walk in freedom knowing our words can’t come back to bite us.
When we devote ourselves to God’s command to maintain sexual purity, then we walk in freedom from the emotional and physical consequences of promiscuity.
Sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Our role is to devote ourselves to God’s commands. In turn, He gives us inner freedom.
This chapter is chock full of similar nuggets. I’ll share a few more next week. In the meantime, what’s your favorite verse from Psalm 119?
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