Father and Son

Michael Wilcock

READ : Psalm 119:9-16

Teach me your decrees. (v. 12 NIV)

In yesterday’s reading, “I learn”; in today’s, “Teach me.” We thought of the Scriptures then as directions for traveling; in plain language they are now set before us as instructions for living. Whatever life may throw at us, there is bound to be a word somewhere in God’s law that will help us to understand what is going on and how to make the most of it.

Perhaps the mention of “a young man” in these verses reminds us of the book of Proverbs, where the writer so often says, “My son, here’s some good advice.” Our reaction might be, “I don’t take kindly to good advice, and in any case I’m not a young man!” But our psalm, like Proverbs, is picturing a father/son relationship which is not, like so many today, a difficult, dysfunctional one, but an ideal one. Here God is the loving, understanding, reliable, vastly experienced father, and every believer is the sensible son who values his father’s wise words, and is eager to see how they work out in practice.

The attitude of this young man ought to be ours, always expecting as we turn to God’s law guidelines to keep us holy and treasures to make us joyful.


Father, let your Word teach me the way to live, this day and every day.