You’re probably already aware of this, but Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the entire Bible. It is no accident that the longest chapter in the Bible revolves around the sufficiency and power of the Bible itself. Even though it might seem like a daunting task, I challenge you to read the entire chapter in one sitting, and allow your heart to be drawn to God’s Word just like the Psalmist’s is.
In our section today, it is hard to know what to focus in on in such a rich and large chunk of Scripture. The main verse that stands out to me is verse 11:
I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you. (ESV)
I saw a tweet today that said: “Merely praying and reading the Bible will not make you more godly, but you will never grow in godliness apart from praying and reading the Bible.” What this means is that reading the Bible in a legalistic way does not lead to growth, but true growth cannot exist apart from a healthy intake of Bible reading and prayer when pursued with a pure heart.
Verse 11 is proof that God’s Word is instrumental in our spiritual growth. It is through God’s Word that we grow in our knowledge and love of God, and as we grow in our knowledge and love of God, our desire and love for lesser things begin to fade away.
What is your heart in reading the Bible everyday? Do you come to the Bible with a heart that wants more of God and loves His Word? Pray for God to give you a pure heart in coming to God’s Word everyday.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice