Text: Psalm 119:89-96 (KJV)
89 LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
91 They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.
92 Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.
93 I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.
94 I am thine, save me; for I have sought thy precepts.
95 The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.
96 I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.
Key Verse: “Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.” – (Psalm 119:92)
Priscilla J. Owens, a renowned hymn writer, taught in a public school for 49 years. As a member of the Union Square Methodist Church in Baltimore, she composed at least 253 hymns with focus on the power of God’s words. Of note is “Give Me the Bible,” a hymn she composed in 1883.
At large, the hymn shows the Holy Scripture is dependable and powerful. It is what every believer needs at this trying time when it is becoming difficult worldwide to have a dependable companion. We have cases of people tricking their friends to be kidnapped for ransom. Some gave up their blood relations for money. Security has broken down in many countries, particularly in developing nations, so much that life is almost meaningless while justice is a mirage.
Our text acknowledges the efficacy of God’s words. Also, it acknowledges the immutability of the Almighty in whom there is no variableness or shadow of turning. God’s faithfulness from generation to generation lends more credence to the durability and reliability of His word.
Malachi 3:6 further confirms the dependability of God’s word: “I am the LORD, I change not.” Scriptural proofs suggest that the eternal quality is not subject in any way to the elements of nature. That explains why the psalmist always found solace in the powerful influence of the Word in his affliction. The word of the Lord is a pleasant companion at all times.
The best evidence of our love for the word of God is to read and live by it daily. The more of His word you have in you, the more His abiding presence is assured. Like the psalmist, all believers need to consciously read and meditate on God’s words daily; honour and keep all His commandments.
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