Devotion for July 19
By byFaith Staff

Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation (Psalm 119:97-99).

The power to obey the Lord requires that we know what honors him. This knowledge of God’s law is power. After all, we cannot do God’s will, if we don’t know what He wants.

So, we need to study God’s Word and learn what pleases him. Then, we are able to display God’s character in such a way that we and others understand how his care touches every area of our lives.

The psalmist wrote: “Oh, how I love your law!” So, he meditated on its application for the situations of the whole day. The motivation of such meditation was not an attempt to make God love the psalmist.

Rather the psalmist’s delight came from understanding that God’s law was already a sweet indication of God’s care for his people. The law provided a spiritually good and safe path for God’s children. If he did not already love them, he would not have provided such care for them.

The law was not the culmination of that care – Jesus was – but the law was confirmation of God’s care! Knowing the heart that laid the path the psalmist delighted to walk it, relishing the vistas that would ultimately reveal the need and heart of Jesus.

Lord, may I be like the Psalmist and delight in your Word — from Genesis to Revelation. Help me to see clearly your provision for my safekeeping and understanding so that I will always trust the love that designed it – and that culminates in Christ.

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