Walking in the Law of God

Text: Psalm 119:1-24

Reflection and Question: Psalm 119 is the longest psalm in the Bible. It is made up of a series of wisdom poems that explore the nature and meaning of God’s Law. In this first one, happiness or delight is associated with keeping God’s commandments. And the hint that the psalmist “lives in an alien land” suggests why this is so important for our faith: no place like Jerusalem — or liturgy like the Latin Mass or custom like marriage — is as central to living a faithful life as observing God’s law which, as we remember, boils down to loving God and loving our neighbor. In what ways do you delight in God’s decrees?

Prayer: Eternal God, You have commanded Your precepts to be kept diligently,
O that my ways may be steadfast in keeping Your statutes!
Deal bountifully with Your servant, so that I may live and observe Your word. Amen.

This meditation is based on the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).