129 Your testimonies are wonderful;
Therefore my soul keeps them.
130 The entrance of Your words gives light;
It gives understanding to the simple.
131 I opened my mouth and panted,
For I longed for Your commandments.
132 Look upon me and be merciful to me,
As Your custom is toward those who love Your name.
133 Direct my steps by Your word,
And let no iniquity have dominion over me.
134 Redeem me from the oppression of man,
That I may keep Your precepts.
135 Make Your face shine upon Your servant,
And teach me Your statutes.
136 Rivers of water run down from my eyes,
Because men do not keep Your law.
Hey football fans, the Bears won last night! Isn’t that wonderful? Or is it? For some, the winning points of their favorite team is about as wonderful as it gets. But for us who know and love the Lord, we say with the Psalmist, “Your testimonies, Oh God, are wonderful.” (We have a better understanding and use of the word and its meaning.)
Think about the idea that God’s word is wonderful; it is full of wonder. From beginning to end it gives light and understanding. When we are short on wisdom God’s wonderful word comes through. When we open our mouth in spiritual hunger it feeds us and fills us. When we need mercy we find that it is God’s custom throughout the pages of His word to give it.
God’s wonderful word directs our steps and keeps iniquity from having dominion over us. We have no weapons apart from God’s word and need no weapons beside God’s word. It redeems us from men’s oppressive ways. When we are following God’s wonderful word we know we are in the right regardless of what others may think or say. In it we find God’s face shining on us and teaching us all about Himself. Looking back at verse 129, because God’s word is wonderful, my soul keeps it. The greater the wonder the greater the desire to keep it, all of it. Get lost in the wonder of God’s word.
I heard this morning on the radio the passage where the disciples looked with wonder on Jesus, the living Word, and said, “What manner of man is this that even the wind and the sea obey Him?” He is our wonderful Lord and has given us His wonderful word. Then verse 136 speaks to those of us who know God’s word grieving over those who do not keep it. We know what they are missing and hope and pray that they too will come under its wonder.
Sunday’s service at First Baptist Church of Big Rock could not have been better. What a thrill it was to share our church with theirs and to join with them in the installation of their new pastor. While we are surely thrilled for Steven and Rachel, we are also thrilled for this church. They have not had a regular pastor for ten years. The people we talked to are so excited to have Steven there as their pastor. Thanks to all who joined with us to make that service so wonderful. Steven and Rachel send their love and thanks to you all.
Thanks to Pastor Bruce Dunford, Rich and Ben for making sure there was a service at Grace for Life Sunday. For those who could not make it to Big Rock I understand the service at home went well. Praise God for bringing His people together under His word.
Be sure to take time praying for our school kids and college kids. They are facing all types of pressures and need our prayers. You may even be able to send them a note or a text of encouragement letting them know of your prayers and love.
Have a great day in the Lord, PS