Behold, I long for Your precepts;
Revive me through Your righteousness.

Psalm 119:40 (NASB)

“Here, David professes the ardent affection he had to the word of God.” Matthew Henry.

Have you heard of the BBC radio show “Desert Island Discs” where famous people are interviewed regarding their life? They are asked to provide a list of music that they could not survive without on an imaginery island. Automatically they are given a choice of either Shakespeare’s Complete Works or The Bible for spiritual guidance; famously some have refused the Bible with a rambling defense of their decision. In today’s verse from Psalm 119 we reflect on the great love of KIng David for the Word of God. Within God’s Word David finds all the spiritual food he needs, and particularly guidance to the Righteousness of God.

“A longing after the precepts marks the character of the child of God: and may be considered as the pulse of the soul. It forms our fitness and ripeness for heaven.” Charles Bridges.

There is no more important love than that of Almighty God, and His Holy Word. It is a relationship that develops through time; I personally would say that my need for the Word has grown as I grow older – it really is the power source in my walk with God. It is a Guide book of His Way, a Manual of Life, the Record of His Righteousness, the Bread of Eternal Life.

“Where our longings are, there are we in the sight of God. He who has given us the desire will also grant us the ability to obtain it.” C.H. Spurgeon.

Dear Reader, praise God He doesn’t give us His Book without a guide to show us the way – His Holy Spirit. By His guiding what we read has Divine purpose in our life. Surely such a gift must excite your heart brethren? Is your spirit ablaze with ardent affection for your Bible today?


11 thoughts on “Psalm Sunday (119:40)

  1. Good morning, Alan. I had a crisis of faith about a year or so ago and began doubting God and the Bible. However, I missed communion with God so much that I didn’t want to go on without HIm. I decided to give my doubts to Him instead of consulting the books of atheists and philosophers as I had been doing, and I am beyond thankful that I did because gradually the Holy Spirit is revealing things that I previously struggled to understand and, at the age of almost 70, He is showing me the beauty of the Bible and His plan for us like never before. His gifts go on and on!

    The song choice for today is particularly beautiful and I could hear the beautiful Celtic strain in the background. 🙂

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    1. Good morning Lesley, I have also had times where I was struggling. It got to a point eventually that I could not contemplate life without God at the heart of it…I missed Him! He is so Good when we seek Him with all our heart sister.
      For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
      — Jeremiah 29:11-13

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  2. “Ardent affection”! And a delight because herein we hear the Beloved’s voice, see His clear gaze and know His love by the working of the Spirit. Stirring post, Alan.

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