God’s Word sown in our hearts
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. I’ve promised it once, and I’ll promise it again: I will obey your righteous regulations. Psalm 119:105-106
Psalm 119 describes David’s delight in the Word of God. While this chapter deals with many features of the Word of God, there are two things that were highlighted in this Psalm; why we value the Word of God and how do we show we value the Word of God. God’s Word is more precious than words can convey. It is God himself speaking. It is God’s law for our lives. It is God testifying of Himself. It is God providing guidance for our walk in this world. David likened the Word of God to water (v. 9), a treasure (vv. 14, 72, 127, 162), an adviser (v. 24), a song (v. 54), honey (v. 103), light (vv. 105, 130), and a heritage (v. 111). There are so many reasons why we should value the Word of God. Our joy is tied up in the way we apply God’s Word in our life. “Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. Joyful are those who obey his laws” (vv. 1-2). By being obedient to God and His Word, we are cleansed and transformed (vv. 9, 11). From our text, God’s Word provides us direction. We live in this dark and perplexing world that offers many paths. If we will not allow God’s Word to guide us, we could take the paths that will lead to misery and pain. This is why we have to grow in understanding God’s Word so we could live our lives following His ways. We have to treasure His Word in our hearts for in this way we are strengthened to ward off sin. We don’t have to guess or drift around aimlessly not knowing the purpose of our life. God’s Word gives us guidance and direction in every season of life. Understanding God’s Word will lead to rejoicing. “I have rejoiced in your laws as much as in riches. I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways. I will delight in your decrees and not forget your word” (vv. 14-16). God’s Word sown in our hearts will reap great harvest. “The seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” (Mark 4:20).
Noel De Guzman