Bible Reading: Psalm 119:25-32

“My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word!” (Psalm 119:25)

The only thing that will truly satisfy us and well up joy and passionate zeal within our spirit is knowing God through His Word. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” The book of Revelation concludes with a promise, “And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price” (Revelation 22:17).

The question is, how much do we actually believe in this statement? Do we actually believe that the life of satisfaction and contentment we seek can be found by seeking God in His Word? 

Those who do cling to God’s Word for their life. They will humbly get down on their knees and acknowledge that if God does not speak His Word to them through the Bible and the Holy Spirit, they are as good as dead. What is worse than death if not abandonment from God? 

This humble longing for God pleases God. Jesus says in Matthew 5:3, “blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. How much of a poor spirit do we have? Are we contrite and repentant of our arrogance and sins? Do we understand that we rightfully deserve abandonment from God for our sins? Yet, do we equally understand that if God extends His mercy in Christ, there is life everlasting to be enjoyed in Him? 

This was surely the cry and prayer of the psalmist in Psalm 119. He knew his imperfections and shortcomings. He knew that he didn’t always find life in God’s Word. Yet, he humbly keeps returning to God in repentance, seeking God again, and seeking to love God’s Word, which is our source of life. 

Take time today to reflect upon the psalmist’s prayer and make his prayer our prayers also in our hearts. 

25 My soul clings to the dust;

    give me life according to your word!

26 When I told of my ways, you answered me;

    teach me your statutes!

27 Make me understand the way of your precepts,

    and I will meditate on your wondrous works.

28 My soul melts away for sorrow;

    strengthen me according to your word!

29 Put false ways far from me

    and graciously teach me your law!

30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness;

    I set your rules before me.

31 I cling to your testimonies, O Lord;

    let me not be put to shame!

32 I will run in the way of your commandments

    when you enlarge my heart! - Psalm 119:25-32