“I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.” Psalm 119.93
Precepts – another word for doctrine or teaching. David seems obsessed with keeping fresh in his memory those things that God has instructed him to do – especially here in Psalm 119. David did not have the benefit of the 66 books that make up our Bible today. More than likely his resource was the Pentateuch (first 5 books of the Old Testament). But he was open to hearing what God wanted to tell him, either through one of God’s prophets or hearing from God directly.
Let’s move this concept from David’s day into our present time. How concerned are we about obeying God’s precepts – teachings – doctrine (call it whatever you want)? There seems to be a lot of “spiritual ignorance” abounding today. I hear so many of God’s children say things like, “I don’t know what God wants me to do? I can’t seem to know God’s will for my life. Where do I turn to get this information?” There is no dearth of information from God. His Word is complete with everything we need to know to (1) discover His will for us, (2) to learn what we need to know about Him, (3) to learn how to work with God’s people in His church, and so much more. More times than not, the problem lies with us, and not God. So many of God’s children have no PLAN to read His Word. Those who know they should read the Bible struggle with being consistent in doing so. Still others read without taking to understand what God is actually saying. More important than simply READING God’s Word is learning to LIVE out God’s Word in our lives day-by-day. David’s words, “I will never forget your precepts” tells us he was serious about KNOWING what God wanted from Him. Wouldn’t it be a good idea if we adopted that same mindset today – determining to KNOW what God wants from us and actually doing it? Just My Thoughts …