Psalm 119, like few other psalms, shows us passion for God’s word beyond measure. In the longest of all the psalms, the author expresses repeatedly his passion for God’s commands:
My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times (v. 20).
Your testimonies are my delight (24).
…my hope is in your rules (v. 43b).
…I find my delight in your commandments, which I love (v. 47).
When I think of your rules from of old, I take comfort, O Lord (v. 52).
My soul longs for your salvation; I hope in your word (v. 81).
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth (v. 103).
Your testimonies …are the joy of my heart (v. 111).
I open my mouth and pant, because I long for your commandments (v. 131).
In just these few verses, the Psalmist exclaims again and again: “I long for the salvation of the Lord! I am consumed by Your commands! I cannot live without them. They are my delight, they are my joy, and my comfort. They are my hope!” [Read more…]