January 2016 Words of Life (Week 1)

Words of Life

The Power of the Word

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105

          The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119.  So what was the message that the Lord wanted to get across in Psalm 119 that needed 176 verses?  The chapter’s title in some Bible’s is “Meditations on the Excellencies of the Word of God.”  God’s Word is excellent and should be our top priority every day (Matthew 6:33).  Psalm 138:2 even says that He has magnified His Word above His name. As you read Psalm 119, remember any time you see commandments, law, testimonies, etc. He is talking about His Word.  Based on John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The Word is God.  So when you read scriptures like 2 Corinthians 10:5 that tell you to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, you can read them as bring every thought captive to the obedience of the Word.  So if your thoughts do not line up with the word, bind them up and cast them out in the name of Jesus (Matthew 16:19).  The key is knowing what the Word says.

          If you are still not convinced to make the Word #1 priority in your life, let’s look through Psalm 119 at what the Word does if we love it, heed to it, and live it.  We are blessed if we walk in and keep the Word (1 & 2), removes shame (6), cleanses our way (9), keeps us from sinning (11), removes reproach and contempt (22), revives us (25, 37, 40, & 154), strengthens us (28), enlarges our heart (32), gives us answers for reproaches (42), allows us to walk in liberty and peace (45), comforts us (50 & 52),  gives us life (50 & 93), keeps us from affliction (67 & 92), brings joy upon fellow believers (74), makes us wiser than our enemies (98), gives us understanding and the hate for every evil way (104, 128, & 169), lights our path (105 & 130), is our hiding place and shield (114) nothing will cause us to stumble (165), delivers us (170).  Meditate in Psalm 119 and ask the Lord for a hungering and thirsting of His Word, that you would delight in it. 

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