The words of Jesus are spirit and life
Psalm 119:92–93 (NIV)
92 If your law had not been my delight,
I would have perished in my affliction.
93 I will never forget your precepts,
for by them you have preserved my life.
You see how the word of Christ is connected to life? It’s the word of God that sustains us, preserved us. Psalmist wrote that if God’s word is not his delight, he would have perished or died in his afflictions. We all face multiple and all kinds of trials and afflictions in this world, and God’s word must be our delight. No just to obey God’s word, but it’s our delight. God’s word must be our source of strength, source of meditation and joy and comfort, and directions.
David Powlison, a well-known counselor and also a skilled theologian, writes “Psalm 119 is actually not about getting scriptures into your life. Instead, its the honest words that erupt when what God says get into you. It’s not an exhortation to Bible study, it’s an outcry of faith! Psalm 119 is the thoughtful outcry when real life meets with real God. We tend to be busy, distractible people in a busy, noisy, distracting world. This psalm teaches us we need time to listen and think if we are ever to converse with God.” — wow! An eruption of our feeling and gratitude to our Lord when God’s word GETS into us! We want to meditate until the Word GETS into our minds our souls! It will be an outcry!
It’s an outcry of faith! There is no outcry if the Word doesn’t speak to you. Psalmist would never have spoken if he were not moved, or experienced it. It’s the honest words that erupted when what God says gets into you. You want to meditate the word until it gets into you. Super important. Don’t forget. I love it “real life meets with real God”.