READ : Psalm 119:1-8
I learn your righteous laws. (v. 7 NIV)
As a freedom-loving Britisher, I don’t like legislators who are too zealous, tying up the nation’s life in endless rules and red tape. So to people like me the very first word of this biggest of all the psalms might be a real surprise. “Blessed,” it begins. Blessed? A psalm that is going to confront us at every turn with God’s law, his statutes, decrees, precepts, commands – some such word blinks a warning light in practically every verse of it – how can that be the way of blessing?
The psalmist saw the law of God differently. For one thing, it meant the whole of God’s Book. Lists of do’s and don’ts were only one small part of it. It was a big book, and everything in it was really about God himself, and about getting to know him.
For another thing, this law was not something irksome and restrictive. Nor would it seem so, once you thought of it as a set of directions, in the most helpful sense of that word. “If you want to know how to get through life, from where you are to where you hope to be,” said God, “I can tell you the best, the safest, the quickest, and the most interesting route. Trust me – my way is all of these things!”
We bless you, Father, for the blessing that is your Word.