Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Psalm 119:17-24 NLT

[17] Be good to your servant, that I may live and obey your word.

[18] Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions.

[19] I am only a foreigner in the land. Don’t hide your commands from me!

[20] I am always overwhelmed with a desire for your regulations.

[21] You rebuke the arrogant; those who wander from your commands are cursed.

[22] Don’t let them scorn and insult me, for I have obeyed your laws.

[23] Even princes sit and speak against me, but I will meditate on your decrees.

[24] Your laws please me; they give me wise advice.

Reflection . . .

Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm in the the Book of Psalms and it is all about a desire for God’s Word. The Psalm often uses words like, desire, obey, learn, trust, etc. Here in verse 20, it says . . .

“I am always overwhelmed with a desire for you regulations.”

Psalm 119:20 NLT

What a beautiful picture such deep desire for God’s Word! Perhaps it’s a bit over the top to be so passionate for God’s Word! Perhaps the Psalmist is just overdoing it to try and express the great importance of it, or some figurative language!

From all the other verses in this Psalm and the rest of the Book of Psalms, we can understand that the Psalmist is truly that passionate about what God has revealed in His Word! The Psalms are meant to move us and speak to our emotions as well!

The following video is an excellent intro on how to read the Psalms.