Take a moment to pause, be still, and prepare your heart and mind to receive God’s word.
89 Your eternal word, O Lord,
stands firm in heaven.
90 Your faithfulness extends to every generation,
as enduring as the earth you created.
91 Your regulations remain true to this day,
for everything serves your plans.
92 If your instructions hadn’t sustained me with joy,
I would have died in my misery.
93 I will never forget your commandments,
for by them you give me life.
Psalm 119:89-93 NLT
I had a first grade teacher named Mrs. Walk. Every time she caught a student running to or from her class she would call them out by name and simply ask, “What is my name?” This was often met with an eye roll before the student would (reluctantly) slow down!
We live by many people’s instructions throughout our lives: our parents, teachers, governing officials, etc. We can see the reason behind most of these instructions and the importance of them. But when was the last time someone’s instructions sustained you with joy? When was the last time someone’s commands gave you life?
God’s instructions sustain us with joy because he is the source of all joy. His commandments give us life because God is the source of life. He is the most trustworthy being who was, is, and ever will be.
When you think about God’s commandments, what comes to mind? Do those thoughts align with what you read in this psalm? Why or why not?
Read through the psalm again, stopping to praise and thank God for each truth presented.
The psalmist writes that “Your faithfulness extends to every generation.” Have everyone take turns sharing a way that God has remained faithful to your family.