Delight In His Word
Redefining The Wilderness
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Delight In His Word
Late in 2019, Psalm 119 began calling to me in the deepest part of my soul. I couldn’t shake the longing to sit with a Psalm that I’ve so often grazed over, picking and choosing specific passages on their beauty alone. When this particular Psalm would cycle through our daily Bible Reading, I would release an audible sigh. It is the longest chapter in the Bible. Typically I choose to read the words slowly rather than listening. I prefer to feel, see, and hear each Word. Alas, because of the length of chapter 119, I often listened. There’s nothing wrong with listening to the Word of God. However, there’s much to be gained when you take time to meditate on the Word.
Because of my hurry to breeze through the chapter, I’d missed the depth of this particular Psalm. I had missed the similarities between my story and the Psalmists’.
“This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.” (verse 50)
Several months later, in 2020, I could no longer resist the urge to dig deeper into what Charles Spurgeon calls The Golden Alphabet. Before a pandemic, a nationwide shutdown, and stay at home orders. Also, it was before my wilderness journey took a challenging and complicated turn.
Delight In His Word is rooted in my wilderness experience.
Worn weary and winded from beating my fists in the air as I left the third doctor’s appointment in as many days, I began to study this sacred Psalm. If ever there has been a clear path for your wilderness journey, Psalm 119 is the map. At a time when the heaviness of life could have slain me, Psalm 119 saved me. Psalm 119 has become my song in the night, my lament, and my desperate prayers.
Dragging my cranky, aching bones heavy with pain to the secret place of meeting with the Lord, I set about digging deep. What I have designated as Delight In His Word is the balm for our tender spots bruised by a long season of affliction.
To begin with, let’s lay a foundation.
The Psalm consists of one-hundred seventy-six verses divided into twenty-two sections. Each section begins with a letter from the Hebrew alphabet.
Aleph, Beth, Gimel and so on, ending with Taw.
Most scholars believe David is the author. It seems to span a lifetime, a journal written by one who’s experienced a long season of affliction.
Psalm 119 is a picture of walking with God in utter dependence on His Word. In other words, God is his source, and His Word sustains him. It is a beautiful tapestry threaded with reliance on God. You will find the Psalm contains elements of lament, prayer, and praise.
David understands suffering. And yet, he is saturated with the Word of God.
What can we learn from Delight In His Word?
Finally, what can we learn from Psalm 119? Life is a series of ups and downs. James reminds us that we will meet trials of various kinds. David shows us how we can walk with God amid our difficulties through the wilderness. As we follow David in Psalm 119, we will see that not only is he saturated with the Word, he meditates on the Word, day and night.
Why Psalm 119?
If you’ve been around Redefining The Wilderness any length of time, you too are suffering a long season of pain. You are a fellow sojourner through the wilderness. You’re living a chronic life amid the unholy hard, searching for light. Psalm 119 will wrap around you like a warm blanket of grace, going before you.
“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.” Isaiah 30:21
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“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:1-2
Your Wilderness Guide,
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