Psalm 119: 97-104

97. Oh how I love your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
98. Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
for it is ever with me.
99. I have more understanding than all my teachers,
for your testimonies are my meditation.
100. I understand more than the aged,
for I keep your precepts.
101. I hold back my feet from every evil way,
in order to keep your word.
102. I do not turn aside from your rules,
for you have taught me.
103. How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104. Through your precepts I get understanding;
therefore I hate every false way.

97. Oh how I love your law!
It is my meditation all the day.

Do I meditate on God’s Word the whole day? No. Far from it. I’d much rather listen to music or other things that wouldn’t make me think as much as God’s Word. At the root, this is pride. I rather do what pleases me than what pleases God. I don’t love Him as I should.

98. Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
for it is ever with me.
99. I have more understanding than all my teachers,
for your testimonies are my meditation.

God’s Word does not make me wise by sitting on the shelf or traveling in my bag. The only way for me to glean truth and wisdom from it is to consciously pore over it–to diligently read and study it. And then, as I go about my day, I must meditate on what I’ve read. Lord, teach me to meditate!

100. I understand more than the aged,
for I keep your precepts.

I feel so immature and foolish at times. While the way others perceive me is no valid reason to pursue maturity, this fear of man drives me to consider how I may grow. And as I ponder, I realize that the reason to pursue maturity and, yes, any improvement, is to better glorify my Lord. The supreme value of my God is not made visible to others by my immaturity and foolishness.

101. I hold back my feet from every evil way,
in order to keep your word.

It is not sufficient for me to refrain from certain non-edifying activities. It is vital that I replace them with beneficial activity.

I must replace idleness/laziness with work on to-do list items.

I must replace mere pleasureable music with music that promotes complex thought.

I must replace music with audio Scripture.

I must replace sleeping in on weekdays with wake-up activities to get me awake to focus on my Lord.

I must replace random FB surfing with replying to personal e-mails and messages.

I must replace pleasure food and drink with nourishing foods and water.

I must replace random surfing of blogs or Youtube with reading edifying books.

102. I do not turn aside from your rules,
for you have taught me.

God, in all persons of the Trinity, is a reliable Teacher. What He builds into His students will not easily be destroyed. Books and preachers/teachers must never be viewed as a substitute for the Holy Spirit’s instruction as I read the Word of God. By His enabling alone am I able to walk the proper path.

103. How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Lord, teach me to delight in Your Word more than anything else. Steal my affection from all things that enthrall me and dedicate it to You alone. This work is impossible for me to do. But You can do it. Indeed, You are an expert at the changing of hearts.

104. Through your precepts I get understanding;
therefore I hate every false way.

Lord, Make me so in tune with Your ways as I study Your Word that I may recognize falsehood and evil for what they are. Make me wise. Cause me to glorify You.

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