Can eight words change your life? Let’s find out.
Today’s short verse is tucked inside the longest chapter in the Bible, Psalm 119 — a love song to God’s Word.
You can sing the whole psalm as a hymn — feel free to make up your own melody, just as He encourages us to do (Ephesians 5:19). Or you can offer it as a prayer — William Wilberforce often recited Psalm 119 while walking home from Parliament.
So, what are these eight wonderful, life-changing words?
Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I obey them. Psalm 119:129
Your statutes… Psalm 119:129
Honestly, the word “statutes” always throws me off because I start picturing statues. Here we’re talking about His “testimonies” (KJ21), “decrees” (CSB), “teachings” (CEV), “rules” (ERV), and my personal favorite, “thy witnessings” (WYC).
In a word, His Word. For the psalmist, it meant the Torah, the law of God revealed to Moses and recorded in the first five books of the Bible. For us it means all of God’s Word, first page to last.
If we want a life brimming with meaning. If we long for contentment, comfort, and a deep sense of peace. If we need an ongoing reminder of God’s love for us, it starts here: embracing the truth of His Word and celebrating the sheer goodness of His commands.
…are wonderful;… Psalm 119:129
Yes, they are. His words are “marvelous” (NET), “far exceeding anything conceived by man” (AMPC).
There are books, and then there is the Bible.
I majored in English Literature in college, so I love books. But nothing compares to God’s Word. Nothing is more powerful, more beautiful, more purposeful. Lord, “every word you give me is a miracle word” (MSG).
And speaking of miracles…
We sold our old farmhouse this week, after calling it home for more than 26 years. Yes, it was hard to say good-bye. But it was also wonderful.
Walking through the property one last time, we discovered the only thing we’d somehow missed in weeks of cleaning and packing and moving: a handmade cross hanging inside the barn, right next to the door.
Our first instinct was to take it with us, until we realized it was meant to be there.
At Tuesday’s closing, the new owners excitedly told us about finding a cross in the barn.
Bill and I assured them, “We didn’t put it there. God did.”
This is what His Word does: it draws us to Him.
…therefore… Psalm 119:129
Because His commands, His laws, His words are so wonderful, they deserve a response from us.
So, “this is why” (CJB), beloved, we do what must be done.
…I obey them. Psalm 119:129
Here is the life-changing part. Not only reading the Word, but also doing the Word. Not merely talking about our faith, but also walking out our faith — a daily process of “hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying” (AMPC).
When it comes to God’s commands, we not only “respect them all” (CEV), we “follow them” (ERV), even when it’s challenging. We “observe them” (NET), even when it’s tempting to ignore His clear instructions. And we “protect them” (EXB), even when people call us foolish to cling to the His Word as our Source of truth.
His Word confirms and affirms. Teaches our hearts and preaches to our spirit. Shows us what we must do to be saved. Demonstrates His lovingkindness, verse after wonderful verse.
Have I mentioned lately how much I love the Bible?
Naturally, our special giveaway for June was a breathtakingly beautiful Bible from the NIV Artisan Collection. The printed hardcover features a hand-painted design, and the words are wonderful too: “God is within her, she will not fall” (Psalm 46:5). It even has artwork hidden in the gilded edges. I chose a winner at random (which simply means God did the choosing) on Tuesday, June 18. Congratulations to Zella from Georgia!
You are still welcome to share your thoughts on what you love most about God’s Word. Bless you for reading all the way to the end, dear friend.
Your sister, Liz
P.S. If you missed our June 5th Wonderful Wednesday on Facebook LIVE, watch and/or listen as we get to know Mary of Rome, Tryphena, Tryphosa, and Persis — four amazing Jesus Girls.