Day 4

A Prayer Celebrating God’s Word

from the Psalms for Prayer reading plan

Psalm 119:1-32

BY Rebecca Faires

Scripture Reading: Psalm 119:1-32

When we lived in town, I would occasionally notice an uncanny quiet in the house, and then realize that one of my little boys had escaped. Every Thursday was trash pick up, and the siren song of the garbage truck often proves too strong for the will of toddler boys. Racing after a child who is wandering down the street—myself dressed only in my best approximation of “this will do”—is a harrowing experience. Since we’ve moved out to the country, my fellas are still entranced by all classes of trucks, but now they line up at the fence and shout their admiration from a safe distance.

You read what makes all the difference, though, right? It’s the fence. In town, all of Franklin, Tennessee, was open to us; it was just a matter of how far we wanted to walk. There was nothing to stop us. But the kids had to stay close to the house. Out in the country, while we only have two acres (my dream come true), they are allowed to enjoy every inch of those acres. The boundary of the fence gives them huge freedom. As long as they stay inside the fence, they are safe.

There is such a joyful freedom in boundaries. Psalm 119 celebrates the gift of God’s law by extolling the beauty and truth of God’s Word. In fact, that’s the primary focus of this psalm—celebrating God’s law and the boundaries it gives. And it’s given as prayer, which means this psalm is a treasure for teaching us how to pray prayers which delight in surrendering to God’s Word and will. God’s law hems in our lives so that when we are lured by garbage trucks, or whatever delights the world has to offer, we can see exactly how we are to respond. There is such safety in knowing where the lines are, instead of huddling close to the house, unsure of how far we can go.

Throughout this psalm, we encounter a series of refrains—“teach me your decrees,” “I love your law,” “I will not forget your law”—which spill out like shouts of joy. The psalmist is so captivated by the goodness of God’s law, that he cannot help but declare it. He sings of God’s law as if were the very air he breathed. God’s law is the law of love, the law of liberty, the law of life. May we find our delight in his degrees! May it frame our every thought, our every breath.

R.C. Sproul calls the law the “school of righteousness.” Within this school, we learn what pleases God and what offends Him. What a severe joy and a mercy it is to have God’s law, to know where to set our sights, where our boundaries lie, and enjoy the wide freedom within His gates.


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93 thoughts on "A Prayer Celebrating God’s Word"

  1. E Hong says:

    I pray that I can live by God’s law in my life

  2. Sharon Ide says:

    My soul clings to the dust, give me life according to your Word! His law gives us life, and our sinful hearts cling to the dust that brings death. Oh Lord, may I be made to pursue your statutes and obey your good commands.

  3. Bailey Braden says:

    Thank you for your law, God. Your boundaries grant us freedom.

  4. Lindsey Tanner says:

    I love how David prays and asks the Lord to enlarge his heart so that he can have this desire to follow God’s law. The Lord delights in us praising Him, but He also delights in us asking for Him to help us in our weakness. So we can pray and ask God to give us the desire to follow His laws and He will!

  5. Jami Nelson says:

    This a great reminder that rules and boundaries are their to protect us and guide us.

  6. Brooke Trent says:

    What a beautiful way to think about God’s laws! I’ve always been intimidated by the term “laws” as in I’ll never be able to follow every law that God has given me, because I’m human and imperfect. But this is an incredible picture of how laws are like a safety net. This picture gives me an entirely different framework to envision what God’s laws mean for me. Thankful for this devotional! ❤️

  7. Becca Minter says:

    God’s word is mentioned so many times in this section. The psalmist is simply enthralled by the voice/commandments/statutes/etc of God. The just, gracious, loving, words of God. Like someone in love. I pray to be that close to my Lord. ❤️

  8. Jelaine Ropp says:

    In a world where law and boundaries are seen as an insult to ones personal freedom, I am so grateful for this Psalm! This puts into words much of what I have been trying to grasp lately- why living the way I do feels so free, while to others seems so restricted. Thank you Lord for loving us enough to create Your laws to keep us safe and constantly looking to You!

    1. Abbigail Clark says:

      Yes! ❤️
      I find it so important to check on my inner desires and attitudes whenever I think I’m being held back. It’s easy for me to forget that we’ve been given these laws and boundaries for good reason. I pray that I can take the joy that this writer has for the rules and the laws and learn to live this way.

      Thank you Jesus that you care enough about us to tell us exactly what we need to do to please you. Help me to hear your voice of guidance and direction as I take on whatever is next in store for me.

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