Verse of the Day Devotion Psalm 119:165
“Those who love Thy law have great peace, and nothing causes them to stumble.” – 119:165
Over the next couple of days as we approach the New Year, I will be looking at verses that I believe we all, including myself, should focus on as we approach and go into 2022. I am preparing myself to focus my attention on how I want to think next year. Thus, the verse selections for this week.
The writer of Psalm 119, who many believe to be David, makes it clear that it is the words of God that bring him peace. From the first verse to the last, this chapter speaks of the author desiring to keep God’s commandments and ordinances, which encompass His Law, His word, and His ways. And it also speaks of His judgement which he has stated is righteous. For instance, “How blessed are those whose way is blameless, Who walk in the law of the LORD.” Psalm 119:1. And then, “I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Thy servant, For I do not forget Thy commandments.” Psalm 119:176 (Last Verse). And as you carefully read through the entire chapter, you will see that practically all of them speak of His Law, which is His words and ordinances.
And how can we keep and follow in His ways? “How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Thy word.” Psalm 119:9. The verse does say young man, but I believe that everyone is alluded to here, for we all can keep our ways pure by keeping His word. It is imperative that we know His word and what is expected of us, and the only way we can do this is to read and study it. And this speaks of one of my New Year goals for 2022, not that I do not do it now, but to make it a greater focus of my time. And as we see in our focus verse, we are not just to do it simply out of duty, but also because we love it and we love the one who gave it to us. Remember what Jesus spoke of as recorded in the gospel of John. “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” John 15:10-11.
So we see here that when we strive to keep His commandments, then we declare our love for Him and we have peace because our joy is complete. And Jesus is the perfect example, for as He was perfect in that He kept His Father’s commandments we must also keep the commandments given to us by the Father. And we find these in His Word. And as the writer of Psalm 119 said, “Seven times a day I praise Thee, Because of Thy righteous ordinances.” Psalm 119:164, we should also give thanks to God for His Word, for by it we are able to please Him and declare our love to Him.
And according to our focus verse, it brings peace to us. “Those who love Thy law have great peace, And nothing causes them to stumble.” Psalm 119:165. What is essentially being said here is that those who love His Law will keep it, and by keeping His law will have great peace. And speaking of us when we love His law we can have great calmness of mind. We will not be troubled and anxious. We will believe and feel that all things are well-ordered by Him and will be brought about with the best result. We, therefore, calmly leave all with Him. As a matter of fact, the friends of God have peace and calmness in their minds, even amidst the troubles, the disappointments, and the reverses of life. The love of God is the best and only way to secure permanent peace in the soul and thus nothing will cause us to stumble.
This is a beautiful promise of God, and thus I have made it one of my New Year resolutions to do all I can to know and understand His word greater then before. And the way I can do this is to study and follow His laws, loving them beyond everything else so that I will not struggle to keep them. And if I do that, then I will be at peace during all hard times, for I know that God will bring me through. And I pray that you desire to do the same, to love His word and to keep it so that you will experience the same peace. There can be no greater life than to live it with the peace of God alive in our hearts.
God Bless you All.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.