Warning: If you look down at the text below, you may see sheer volume and be tempted to not bother reading this post. The point of blogs is to appeal to people with short attention spans–this I know. But, let me urge you to read on through the end of this post.
Any post I would write that’s this long probably isn’t worth your time. But this is merely a collection of verses from Psalm 119. These are words that God himself has spoken; they are worth your time.
In thinking about delight this week, I came to read Psalm 119, and was amazed by what I saw.
Have you ever considered the relationship between the Word of God (your Bible) and delight? David did. At length.
Read the verses below and watch how his affections (his emotions, his passions) are stirred by the Scriptures. Does this reflect your heart? I know I’ve got a long way to go. But man, was this a blessing to think about!
Ps 119 14 In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.
Ps 119 16 I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.
Ps 119 20 My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times.
Ps 119 24 Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors.
Ps 119 35 Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.
Ps 119 40 Behold, I long for your precepts; in your righteousness give me life!
Ps 119 43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for my hope is in your rules.
Ps 119 46 I will also speak of your testimonies before kings and shall not be put to shame, 47 for I find my delight in your commandments, which I love. 48 I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.
Ps 119 49 Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope. 50 This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.
Ps 119 52 When I think of your rules from of old, I take comfort, O LORD.
Ps 119 69 The insolent smear me with lies, but with my whole heart I keep your precepts; 70 their heart is unfeeling like fat, but I delight in your law. 71 It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes. 72 The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
Ps 119 74 Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice, because I have hoped in your word.
Ps 119 81 My soul longs for your salvation; I hope in your word. 82 My eyes long for your promise; I ask, “When will you comfort me?”
Ps 119 92 If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. 93 I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life.
Ps 119 97 Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.
Ps 119 103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Ps 119 111 Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.
Ps 119 113 I hate the double-minded, but I love your law. 114 You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.
Ps 119 119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross, therefore I love your testimonies.
Ps 119 123 My eyes long for your salvation and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise.
Ps 119 127 Therefore I love your commandments above gold, above fine gold.
Ps 119 131 I open my mouth and pant, because I long for your commandments.
Ps 119 136 My eyes shed streams of tears, because people do not keep your law.
Ps 119 139 My zeal consumes me, because my foes forget your words. 140 Your promise is well tried, and your servant loves it.
Ps 119 143 Trouble and anguish have found me out, but your commandments are my delight.
Ps 119 147 I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words. 148 My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise.
Ps 119 158 I look at the faithless with disgust, because they do not keep your commands.
Ps 119 161 Princes persecute me without cause, but my heart stands in awe of your words. 162 I rejoice at your word like one who finds great spoil. 163 I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love your law.
Ps 119 165 Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble. 166 I hope for your salvation, O LORD, and I do your commandments. 167 My soul keeps your testimonies; I love them exceedingly.
Ps 119 171 My lips will pour forth praise, for you teach me your statutes. 172 My tongue will sing of your word, for all your commandments are right.
Ps 119 174 I long for your salvation, O LORD, and your law is my delight.