Thoughts on Psalm 119 (part 1)

Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! (Psalm 119:5 ESV)

My prayer as well.

How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. (Psalm 119:9 ESV)

I have not guarded it as much as I could have in my youth, but catching up now. I hope to instill this love for God and His Word to my son.

I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:11 ESV)

God is telling me now that ” not good in memorizing ” is not an excuse. Besides, if I can’t remember the book / chapter / verse number that’s fine. Those reference numbers were added to the Bible years after it was written. It wasn’t there when the psalmist wrote Psalm 119. As for word for word memorization? Not as important as knowing God’s message. If we are going to be strict about it then we should memorize in the original Hebrew or Greek version. The important thing is storing God’s Word in our heart. That is only possible by daily reading and meditating, letting the Holy Spirit speak and teach us. Remembering God’s Word will come naturally then.

The Father’s commands are for the good of His children. As a father, I now know this to be true. I pray that both my son and I will grow in our trust in God, and seek His will.

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