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by Ken Tyler

It is easy to become so involved in our daily activities that Bible study is stifled out. It takes a person who really loves the Bible to study it regularly. Without a genuine love for God's word, Bible study is a hit and miss affair, mostly miss. There are many verses in Psalm 119 that point out how much God's word should mean to the child of God. In this article, I want to draw your attention to a few of them.

First, the Psalmist said in 119:72, "The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver." He said again in verse 127, "Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold." Does God's word mean this much to you? So many have sold their souls for gold and silver. Please don't let this happen to you.

Second, the Psalmist said in 119:129, "Thy testimonies are wonderful; therefore doth my soul keep them." Is this how you feel about God's word? Do you consider it to be wonderful? Notice carefully that the Psalmist kept God's word because of what it meant to him.

Third, the Psalmist said in 119:131, "I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments." What a marvelous statement! He didn't run away from the commandments of God but longed for them. Do His words mean this much to you?

Fourth, several times in this passage the Psalmist mentions his love of God's word. Listen, "...I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved" (verse 47); "O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day" (verse 97); "I have vain thoughts; but thy law do I love" (verse 113); "My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly" (verse 167). Are these statements characteristic of your feelings about God's word?

John 12:48 makes it plain that we will be judged by the word at the last day. I pray that all of us will love it, study it, and then obey it. The Bible is too valuable to be left lying around in our houses collecting dust. Be a good Bible student. You won't regret it.

"...upon this rock I will build My church..." Matt.16:18

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