by Henry M. Morris III, D.Min.
â€œDeal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.â€ (Psalm 119:17)
Materialism is so prevelant that it is sometimes difficult to not associate words like â€œbountyâ€ or â€œblessingâ€ with earthly riches. This psalmist wasnâ€™t concerned with physical prosperity, but rather that God would reveal to him what his own heart soughtâ€”â€œthat I may live, and keep thy word.â€
He requested spiritual insight: â€œOpen thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy lawâ€ (v. 18). Without hint of greed or self-centered aggrandizement, he only longed to understand the â€œwondrousâ€ insights of theÂ torahÂ (law). We lack â€œbountyâ€ if we neglect studying Godâ€™s inerrant Word.
We often forget that we are â€œstranger[s] in the earthâ€ (v.Â 19). Once adopted into Godâ€™s family (Ephesians 1:5), our citizenship (Philippians 3:20) is transferred from this earth to Godâ€™s â€œcityâ€ (Hebrews 11:10). Thus, the psalmist begged for God not to â€œhideâ€ the commandments from him because his â€œsoul breaketh for the longingâ€ (v. 20) he had, in every season, for the judgments of Godâ€™s Word.
He remembered Godâ€™s swift justice against the â€œcursedâ€ (v. 21) who â€œerrâ€ (wander, stray) from the Word, since the â€œprincesâ€ (chiefs, leaders) of the land resisted his effort to obey God (v. 23). Nontheless, he was determined to demonstrate his â€œdelightâ€ in the â€œcounselorsâ€ within Godâ€™s testimonies (v. 24).
Many who claim to be evangelicals today boldly scorn those who trust that â€œevery word of God is pureâ€ (Proverbs 30:5). May God keep us from â€œthe fear of manâ€ (Proverbs 29:25) and embolden our resolve to â€œworship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy nameâ€ (Psalm 138:2). HMM III