I have been reading through psalm 119 lately, and it is so rich with great teaching and maxims. I am torn between two today that I’d like to share – so I’ll do both. The first one is;
Psa 119:14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as [much as] in all riches.
and here I am challenged as to what I really want…it is easy for me to say I want to serve God, but do I really rejoice in His testimonies as much as all riches the earth has to offer? I will be the first to admit I have a large host of earthly conflicts / riches I need to keep at bay, and thankfully, God will help me to learn to put the things of this world (which are good in their appropriate place) where they belong. Do I really rejoice in Gods testimonies? I know this, I want to. Second is;
Psa 119:24 Thy testimonies also [are] my delight [and] my counselors.
Interestingly delight comes from a root word shä·ah’ ,which means essentially to smear or blind (click link to look for yourself). Am I blinded, or, singular in my focus for Gods law and testimonies? In a good way I am reminded as I read through Psalm 119 that I have a long way to go, and I am convicted…but the funny thing is this – I am convicted for not rejoicing and being delighted enough, you see? It reminds me of what CS Lewis said about us not wanting too much – but wanting too little, and being content with playing with mud in the back alleys, when God wants us to build castles on the seashore. It really reminds me that God has my back and wants me to have life abundant – and it starts with Him.