O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts. I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word. I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me. How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:97-105 (KJV)
The Psalmist encountered the word of God and found it to be amazingly powerful. He found that the word of God transformed him and gave him abilities that he could not get anywhere else. he testifies that he has more understanding than his teachers and even the ancients by his relationship with the word. A saying goes that, “you cannot be wiser than your teachers”, but clearly in this psalm, the psalmist disputes that with his affirmation – “I have more understanding than my teachers”. The psalmist concludes the section with a profound statement – “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path”. The psalmist portrays the word of God as being active. Not just some black letter written in a cold leather-bound book – but an active tool, a practical resource that he can handle and use.
The Bible further affirms these claims when Paul the apostle writing the letter to the Hebrews says “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” Hebrews 4:12 (KJV). Also, in John’s first letter, he writes “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;” 1John1:1 God is communicating to us that his word is not a book. Rather, his word is an entity in deed His word is a person for “the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us” John 1:14(KJV) All these scriptures and many others, buttress the experience the psalmist had with the word and which he was trying to communicate.
God has given his word to us for practical use and He desires us to build a solid relationship with it just like with a friend. The more we are acquainted with the word, the more the power of the word will be expressed in and through our life. We can cultivate that relationship by:
- Reading the word.
- Studying the word.
- Meditating on the word.
- Confessing the word.
- Singing the word.
- Praying the word.
- Believing the word.
The word of God was given to us to help live a life of dominion on this earth. Lets cultivate our relationship with the word so that the word can mould and transform our lives.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7 KJV)
Have you ever been at a friend’s funeral or received the news that someone you knew was dead or dying? If you have, you will remember how that experience affected your outlook and your priorities. Suddenly or slowly, you realised that nothing- absolutely nothing was important to them anymore. No worries, to responsibilities nothing.
Just the day before, they could have been going on about an important engagement they ‘could not afford to miss’ because they were so key to its success. But now, it doesn’t matter anymore. Life or rather the lack of it tends to shrink things back to their ‘normal size’. Once you take life out of man, he is not worth much anymore.
The bible says God formed man from the dust of the ground (Gen 2 verse 7). God’s purpose for man was for man to be in his image and likeness- to be like him (Gen 1:26). Man just being formed out of the dust was nothing like God but thank God the bible continues in Genesis 2:7 “… and [God] breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul”. A living soul- just in the image and likeness of a living God!
This is why the fall is so serious. God told man that he will return to dust which meant that he will die- which is not a characteristic of God. Hence, God was saying that man will loose his God-likeness. In essence, man was going to malfunction. This reality makes the work of Jesus even more outstanding. It was the only ‘bug-fix’ for man’s malfunction. God cannot behold anything that is not God-like. Conversely, anything that is not God-like cannot withstand his presence. Therefore, Jesus who is God himself, came to take away the curse of death and re-imputed God-likeness on us. Jesus came to give us life instead of death!
By Him [Jesus] we are redeemed from the curse of death.
By Him we have life that has conquered death.
By Him we experience an everlasting Power of Life. Halleluyah!!
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