I flipped open my Bible this morning and it fell to the middle of Psalm 119. Did you ever avoid reading Psalm 119, either because it is so long or because it seems so repetitive? In all but a few verses, the psalmist talks about God’s law, statutes, testimonies, ordinances, truth, and word.
This morning, the word “word” caught my eye. I thought about John 1:1 – “In the beginning was the Word.” The “Word” is Jesus. And I wondered, what if I replaced those terms in Psalm 119 with “Jesus”?
The result was such a blessing that I wanted to share it ... here are verses 145-160, re-cast to focus on God’s Word: Jesus.
I cried with all my heart; answer me, O Lord!
I will observe the way of Jesus.
I cried to You; save me
And I shall keep close to Jesus.
I rise before dawn and cry for help;
I wait for Jesus.
My eyes anticipate the night watches,
That I may meditate on Jesus.
Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness;
Revive me, O Lord, through Jesus.
Those who follow after wickedness draw near;
They are far from Jesus.
You are near, O Lord;
Jesus is the Truth.
Of old I have known about Jesus:
He is from everlasting to everlasting.
Look upon my affliction and rescue me,
For I do not forget Jesus.
Plead my cause and redeem me;
Revive me through faith in Jesus.
Salvation is far from the wicked,
For they do not seek Jesus.
Great are Your mercies, O Lord;
Revive me by the grace of Jesus.
Many are my persecutors and my adversaries,
Yet I do not turn aside from Jesus.
I behold the treacherous and loathe them,
Because they do not keep to the way of Jesus.
Consider how I love Jesus;
Revive me, O Lord, according to Your lovingkindness.
Jesus is complete Truth;
Jesus is eternal Life.