“I will meditate on your precepts
and fix my eyes on your ways.
I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.” Psalm 119: 15-16
Our feelings seldom point us to truth. The urgency of our lives rarely causes us to consider why we do what we do. God’s word however leads us to quiet. Careful consideration, focused thinking about God’s character, and how he has dealt with people in the past is a major theme of the Bible. Much of the Old Testament that David is referring to is a narrative account of of God making people, calling Abraham, and doing amazing works to save his people Israel.
More than merely considering a list of rules to be obeyed for the sake of rules, David tells us two things. We must stop listening to ourselves and start listening to God, then as we listen to God, we must tell ourselves the truth from God. David’s lengthy psalm can be considered something of a self-sermon. God’s ways are perfect and he desires for us to know them and retell them to ourselves. It is our joyful duty to know these statutes, these stories, because they direct us to delight and rest in our savior, Jesus.
“To be silent does not mean to be inactive; rather it means to breathe in the will of God, to listen attentively and be ready to obey” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer