145 I call with all my heart; answer me, LORD,
and I will obey your decrees.
47 I rise before dawn and cry for help;
I have put my hope in your word.
148 My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,
that I may meditate on your promises.
151 Yet you are near, LORD,
and all your commands are true.
152 Long ago I learned from your statutes
that you established them to last forever.
157 Many are the foes who persecute me,
but I have not turned from your statutes.
158 I look on the faithless with loathing,
for they do not obey your word.
159 See how I love your precepts;
preserve my life, LORD, in accordance with your love.
160 All your words are true;
all your righteous laws are eternal.
How firmly do we hold on to God’s word. Do we take it trivially? Are the stories in the old testament, just a bunch of old fables? Are His rules archaic? Is the Good News, yesterday’s news? Are His promises null?
Here we get a glimpse of how firmly the author took of God’s word.
He called with ALL his heart, so that he may OBEY God’s decrees.
He puts his HOPE in God’s word.
He stays up the whole night just to MEDITATE on God’s promises.
He believes that all of God’s commands are TRUE.
He has learnt that God’s word is FOREVER.
He PERSEVERES although being chased by foes.
He becomes ANGRY at those who do not follow God’s commands. There is a sense of belonging.
He LOVES the precepts.
So, what does the Holy Bible mean to you?