Pure Delight

“I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.” Psalm 119.16

What is the delight of your heart? What captivates your affections and devotion?

The psalmist, having written of his intent to meditate on Scripture, shows the natural outgrowth of that meditation for the believer. He delights in God’s statutes. As we commit ourselves to God’s Word, to studying it and meditating upon it, the truth we find there should become our delight.

That’s not the only benefit to meditation. He continues, “I will not forget your word.” Take a moment to think about the things that your love . . . I’m guessing you had no trouble remembering them. We don’t forget the things we love, those things we treasure and think long about. The same is true of God’s Word. As we treasure Scripture, store it in our hearts, meditate upon it, delight in God’s statutes, it is fixed in our memories.

Keep in mind, as we come to the close of this second section of Psalm 119, the context looks at the purifying affect of biblical truth in the life of the believer. As we delight in God’s Word and it is fixed in our memory, God uses that truth to purify our lives.

In what ways does your life demonstrate a delight in the truth of Scripture? How are you meditating on, delighting in, and remembering God’s Word? How are you seeing its purifying work in your life?

Our great Father, the God of truth and love, teach us to delight in your truth. Fix your Word in our memory, that it may purify our thoughts, affections, and actions—to the praise of your holy name. Amen.

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