Summer Daily Devotional - Psalm 119:81-128
Wield the Word
If you haven't noticed by now, Psalm 119 is an epic journey. It's the great treatise in the Word of God about the Word of God. The perspective of the Psalmist is striking to me in how he views the Word of God as immediately helpful. In his darkest hour, the Psalmist is running to God's Word.
My soul longs for your salvation;
I hope in your Word (v. 81).
If your law had not been my delight,
I would have perished in my affliction (v. 92).
Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies
for it is ever with me (v. 98).
Your word is a lamp to my feet
and light to my path (v. 105).
It's one thing to believe that the Bible is true. It's another to believe that it's actually useful, all the time and in every way. Paul puts it like this:
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Did you catch it? The Word of God is profitable. It's useful. How often is it useful? It's useful for every good work.
The most practical way you can follow Jesus is to depend on His Word in every situation. Don't live by your own wherewithal. Don't strive by your own might. Don't plan by your own intelligence. Don't fly by experience. Be utterly dependent on the Word of God for everything and in every circumstance. Start memorizing it. Consume it. Binge on it. Devour it. Become fluent in the Word of God. It's not just a good idea; it's of the utmost importance. You will need it for the days ahead.
God's Word is the sword God has given us. Let's learn to wield it.