The Maker's Manual
Powerful Lord, expose me to the light of Your truth. Draw me out, slow me down, and forgive my sins.
Read Psalm 119:73-96
Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
“Speak, O Lord, as we come to You to receive the food of Your holy Word. Take Your truth, plant it deep in us” (K. Getty and S. Townsend). Search “Speak, O Lord,” on YouTube for beautiful, worshipful renderings of this song.
Here is true wisdom. The psalmist knows that God is his Maker (73) and that he has given humankind a manual. The man’s attitude to God’s Word is shaped by this basic truth. More than anything else, it is essential that we take the Maker’s manual seriously. God’s Word is righteous (75), reflecting his character. It teaches us to be like him and helps us to walk in his way so that the Maker is pleased (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
Note the various actions of the psalmist with regard to the Word. First, he develops the godly habit of meditating on God’s Word (78; cf. Psa. 1:2)–a necessary habit for Christian discipleship and growth into maturity, for how else can we know God and his character and will? Second, the Word is understood (79). Light comes into his mind and heart when he comprehends God’s ways and is shaped by God’s perspective. Third, he learns to delight in God’s Word (77). Meditation on God’s Word is not a religious chore but a holy pleasure. He is not like a little child forced to eat healthy vegetables but enjoys the nourishing spiritual food. This experience leads to two further key actions: trust and obedience.
He learns to trust God’s Word (74) above what anybody else says. Its directions are sure and certain. It is the one book he will take with him on any journey, work, or occasion. He also learns to obey the Word, so that his heart (the center of his being) would be blameless (80). The godly habit of reading and meditating, understanding, delight, trust, obedience–these are how we should rightly handle God’s Word (2 Tim. 2:15). This will bring untold blessings, even when we are afflicted or wronged. We will understand God’s purposes (75) and be guided by his truth and presence.
Meditation, understanding, delight, trust, obedience–which of these is difficult for you and needs improvement?
Holy Lord, I thank You for Your wonderful gift of the Scriptures. May I read Your Word and learn from it, but above all else, may I endeavor to obey its teachings.
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