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詩篇第 119 篇是聖經中極寶貴的經文，全篇充滿了詩人愛慕神話語的描寫、勸導。釋經學者馬太亨利曾提議，詩篇第 119 篇共有 176 節，若我們每天默想一節，一年內我們便可默想全篇兩次，而每天的默想亦必然會激勵我們持久渴求真理的心。
Desiring the Word of God
Rev Gordon Siu
Psalm 119 is a most precious passage in the Bible. It is filled with portrayals and exhortations on desiring the Word of God. Biblical exegete Matthew Henry has suggested that if we meditate one of the 176 verses in Psalm 119 every day, we will complete the entire psalm twice within one year. And each day, we will be spurred on in a sustained quest for the truth.
How much does the psalmist admire the Word of God? "My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times" (Psalm 119:20). "Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long" (v.97).
Whatever the circumstances, the psalmist is filled with passion for the Word of God. The longing is so great that the psalmist feels he is consumed. His love of God's Word is reflected in his daily meditation on His Word. The psalmist loves God's commands "more than gold, more than pure gold" (v.127). So, he pleaded, "Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain" (v.36).
Why such longing? It is because he knows "Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors" (v.24). With the Word of God in his heart, the psalmist is "wiser than my enemies," has "more insight than all my teachers" and "more understanding than the elders" (vv.98-100). The psalmist is not despising other people but affirming the value of God's Word as greater than that of any wisdom, knowledge or experience on earth.
On the other hand, the psalmist longs for the Word of God because he knows well that he must let the Word of God help him discern right and wrong, and be the strength to direct his footsteps. "Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me" (v.133). "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path" (v.105). On the contrary, he knows that if he is to receive the Word of life, he must steer clear of evil: "I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word" (v.101).
Despite difficult circumstances, the psalmist still focuses on seeking the Word of God, "The wicked are waiting to destroy me, but I will ponder your statutes" (v.95). "Though I am lowly and despised, I do not forget your precepts" (v.141). That is how the psalmist obtains his strength.
Let us call out to God, "Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end" (v.33).
[The original Chinese article is taken from 《牧野心路》(Listen to the Heart of A Shepherd) by Rev. Gordon Siu, published by North Point Alliance Church in 1993]