Deal bountifully with Your servant,
That I may live and keep Your word.

Psalm 119:17 (NASB)

Throughout our lives we live by rules set by others, in our communities and at work. If we want life to go well we should obey the rules set before us. As believers we have something far more precious than mere human rules; we have the Holy Bible – the Word of God.

In today’s verse the psalmist comes humbly not to a factory manager, but to God. He does not come demanding something by right, but in beseeching on bended knee to the Creator of the Universe. He does not seek the favour of God on merit but by the grace of His God and Master. It occurred to me if we were to seek His reward based on our service, our reward would be uncertain like our service…rather let us seek the bountiful rewards of His Kingdom, which are certain. It reminded me of the parable of the lost son told by Jesus (John 15:11-32). The son realising his error repented and returned home, throwing himself at the feet of his father seeking his loving generosity. In my opinion this is the heart condition of the psalmist in his approach to his God in this verse. In seeking God to “deal bountifully” with him he is seeking to grow and ripen in the one thing that can achieve that – God’s Word.

Dear reader, the psalmist is seeking the ultimate Rule Book/ Guide Book, as we should too. He seeks to live by and to keep the Words of God’s Law all the days of his life. The Word of God is our gold standard which never changes or fades by which we like the psalmist must choose to live. C.H. Spurgeon says it well in his exposition of this verse:  “Life is only worth keeping while we can keep God’s Word”  and also  “We work for Him because He works in us.” May we grow and ripen in His Word in this life brethren!

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18 thoughts on “Psalm Sunday (119:17)

  1. Thanks for the great Sunday insight. Our focus must be on Jesus and the word of God.

    “In seeking God to “deal bountifully” with him he is seeking to grow and ripen in the one thing that can achieve that – God’s Word.”

    Amen to that!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement Michael. The Word of God certainly is all good things to us from our Heavenly Father; it is our Guide Book, our Manual of Life, our Fertiliser of our soul, the very Words of Life etc etc. May you have a blessed Lord’s Day brother 🙏

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  2. Your point about the Gold Standard got me thinking, brother. The U.S. dollar used to be tied to the price of gold but not anymore. In the same way, our lives should be tied to the tremendous value of God, rather than based on our own feeble understanding. The reality is we are simply beggars receiving the gift of a king – King Jesus!

    You got me preaching in the morning, and I’ve only had one cup of coffee! God bless brother.

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