READ : Psalm 119:97-104
You yourself have taught me. (v. 102 NIV)
Forget trials and tribulations for the moment, and let’s celebrate the central theme of Psalm 119. What the psalmist calls God’s laws, commands, precepts, and so forth, he might also call simply the Scriptures. So might we, including later Bible books in addition to the ones he would have known. What a wonderful thing it is, this Bible, as today’s eight verses describe it: an all-day companion, that illuminates us and directs us and delights us.
The psalmist is not forgetting about the “real world” as he concentrates for a while on the wonders of Scripture. It is with a view to his learning how to live for God in the real world that these writings have been given to him.
That is what the Scriptures are intended for; and he reveals also where they have come from. Are they merely opinions about God written down by deep-thinking religious people, as many have taught in the past? Are they just the textbooks of two of the great world faiths, no different in kind from the holy books of other religions, as many would hold today? The psalmist expresses to God in one short sentence the conviction of every believing Scripture reader: “You yourself have taught me.” When we read the Bible, we are hearing the voice of the living God.
Thank you, Lord, for the Bible – your Word written in our words.