I don’t often hear the word statute beyond the halls where legalese is spoken. But it’s a weighty word. It is law—it is binding. To love a statute and to delight in it, I must be well-acquainted with the heart that declared it and assured of His good will. Like the psalmist, my obedience is inseparable with my confidence in the goodness of God.
“I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly” (Psalm 119:8). “I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word” (Psalm 119:16). “Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes” (Psalm 119:23). “Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end” (Psalm 119:33). “My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes” (Psalm 119:48). “Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage” (Psalm 119:54). “Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes” (Psalm 119:68). “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes” (Psalm 119:71).
Golden thought: I will delight myself in Your statutes.
[Excerpt adapted from Wonderful Words by Stewart Custer (November 11 reading).]