Read Psalm 119:1-8.

This is exactly how we should feel towards God’s Word. Too often we do our devotional or quiet time as an obligation rather than a joy and privilege. We do it to get it over with, but the psalmist here describes following God’s statutes as a great joy. And honestly, it is. Living the way God has set out for us is amazing and rewarding, even when it’s hard.

Now read Psalm 119:25-32.

This psalmist wasn’t just speaking from a high point in his life. He was speaking from a tough and disheartening time. He described it as being “laid low in the dust.” (v.25) But even in this struggle, he didn’t cry out to God asking Him where He was or why this was happening. On the contrary, he asked God to let him find strength in His Word. He longed to meditate on God’s deeds and understand His law. And in verses 30-32, he adamantly states his commitment to the Lord’s way. There is no “if,” “when,” or “will” in those statements, just faith and resolve that even in tough times God is God and He is the One he will follow now.

Take a moment to ask yourself, do you truly believe it is a blessing to live according to the Lord’s Word, or do you tend to consider it a burden? And when tough times come, do they cause you to stop and wait for deliverance, or do they propel you further into this life God directs us in?

Thank the Lord for giving us His standards and commands for a godly life. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your mind and help you understand God’s Word to us.

“I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.” Psalms 119:16