Love Poem to God
Father, Your Word is light. Thank You that You breathe life through Your Word.
What verse most stands out to you in this reading?
Poets have often set themselves demanding tasks, such as writing sonnets, in order to express their love and devotion to their beloved. Psalm 119 is like that. It is an acrostic poem, each section taking one letter of the Hebrew alphabet as the first letter of every line. So these three sections are the ABC an extended love poem to God.
But it is clear that the writer is not offering fancy phrases to God. Rather, he wants to offer a life fully focused on God's Word and obedience to it. The Word of God is his best hope of living the kind of life he desperately longs for, a life that pleases God (9,10). Every opportunity to hear from God and to respond obediently is seen as a life-giving privilege (17-20).
My wife leaves me "to do" lists. I used to resent them, sometimes deliberately ignore them, or extract credit for performing the tasks. Then one day I realized that she was presenting me with easy ways of showing her that I love her. This psalm has the same attitude to the commands of God. They are not a burden but a welcome invitation.
Is there something you can do to express your love and devotion to the Lover of your soul? Ask him for insight.
Lord, I desire to live according to Your Word. I am Yours and I thank You that You have spoken through Your Word.
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