Morning devotion: Read Psalm 119

Psalms 119:167  ¶My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly. 168  I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.

There is a phrase often used by people that goes like this: “It is good enough for government work.” Meaning any job done is good enough even if it is not quite right or complete. If it just meets the standards its ok. Nothing extra, nothing with effort, nothing really good, just ok.

That was not good enough for David. He kept God’s word with all his soul. That is a deep conviction of the heart. He loved them, he loved them exceedingly. Can you say that? Can you say, I love the word of God exceedingly?

Psalms 119:140  ¶Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.

Here is a test of your love for the word of God. 1. Do you read it?  2. Do you read it regularly? 3. Do you read it in volume or just a verse here or there?

4. Do you memorize it?  5. Do you muse over it and think often of it? 6. Does the Word of God govern your every thought and action?  7. Is it your final authority for all you do? 8. Do you desire it, yearn for it and seek it often?

If the answer is no, you probably cannot say, with all honesty, “I love the word of God.” You probably cannot say that you love the word of God “exceedingly.”

Psalms 119:167  ¶My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly.

David take his acclamation a step farther. Psalms 119:168  I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.

In other words, he says to the Lord, I know you can see everything I do. All my ways are being watched by you and you can verify what I say concerning my soul and its love for your word.

To say one thing and to really do what you say, may be different when it comes to the word of God.

Isaiah 29:13  Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

Matthew 15:8  This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

Did you see that in Isaiah 29:13? – “their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:” Their opinion of God and His word is not governed by the word, but by the what they have learned from men and their philosophies.

Let’s give you another test. 1. The word of God tells us not to drink alcohol or even look at it in Proverbs 23. Yet men will say, “God made wine at the wedding of Canaan.” “It’s ok socially.” That is a philosophy of man, so a person will say “I love the word of God” and draw nigh with their lips but their heart is far from God. Proverbs 20:1

Let’s do that again: The word of God tells us to set no wicked thing before our eyes, Psalm 101:3. Yet some will watch people doing wicked things on Tv and internet. They may use the phrase, “Its not that bad.” or “I’m not physically participating in those things.” Or “There is nothing else to watch.” That is a philosophy of man; so a person will say “I love the word of God” and draw nigh with their lips but their heart is far from God. Lamentations 3:51  Mine eye affecteth mine heart…

We can show examples over and over and over again of those who say one thing and do another. David knew God was watching and knew that his walk matched his talk and God could verify it.

Psalms 119:167  ¶My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly. 168  I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.

What about you, do you love the word of God? Remember what we learned last Saturday? Jesus is the word of God. He is the living word of God.

Let me ask the question again – Do you love the word of God, both living and written?

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook