If the psalmist who wrote Psalm 119 saw the need that is recorded in verses 27, 28: “Make me to understand the way of thy precepts; so shall I talk of thy wondrous works. My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen me according to thy word,” is it not plain that we should do likewise?
We have more revelation than he did, for we have God come in our flesh and with victory over death and the grave. We have a much richer insight into God’s precepts than he did. That very revelation makes it plain that we constantly need to be strengthened according to God’s word and to understand His precepts in this day and age.
The point is that sin has developed tremendously since the day of the psalmist. Satan with added years of experience comes with far more crafty temptations, and makes it much harder to determine what is really Christian, what we must believe, what is false and what is true doctrine. In this day when inventions such as television, radio, and the printed page can dangle so much deviltry before our eyes, we need to know what to accept and what to re¬ject, what to seek and from what to flee. It is very urgent that our prayer is:
Teach me to know Thy holy way
And think upon Thy deeds;
In grief I ask for promised grace
According to my needs.
So quickly and easily our souls melt, and we are ready to yield to sinful practices and cravings of the flesh. We need to see clearly whether we are following Christ or the anti-christ. Do we really talk properly about God’s wondrous works? Or are we so ready to talk about worldly things? How many times yesterday did we talk about God and His wondrous works in Christ?
The heat of the battle so often makes our souls melt, and we cease to fight. We do need to pray daily to be strengthened according to God’s word; and to understand what His precepts declare is our calling at every step of our earthly way.
Read: Ephesians 6:10-24
Psalter versification: 324:2
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.