Devotionals Apr 8 – May 7, 2023: God’s Word

Every day we are bombarded with information. We read news headlines, scroll social media, and research topics for school or for our own personal interest. Quite frequently this information is changing, conflicting, or confusing. This is why we take the time to cross-reference and check multiple sources to confirm the accuracy of what we are reading. Not so with God’s word. God’s word is reliable and steadfast. “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven” (Ps. 119:89). God’s word, from Adam to the apostles, has never changed over the years. “Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever” (v. 160). God’s word is also perspicuous. It is not hard to figure out and piece together what God means.

            Since God’s word is so trustworthy, we can rely on it to illuminate our path. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Ps. 119:105). On life’s pathway, there are many snares the wicked have laid for us as well as our own faults and sins that cause us to stumble. God’s word exposes these snares and shows us where to walk so we don’t fall into temptation. We must pray, “Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me” (v. 133).

In addition to lighting our pathway, God’s word strengthens us: “Strengthen thou me according to thy word” (Ps. 119:28). In this life we have battles to fight against our sinful flesh, Satan, and the world. We often get weary, and we need God’s word to invigorate and refresh us in the battle. It is so important that we frequently turn to God’s word for refreshment. Just as one meal or glass of water will not sustain us for the entirety of a week, infrequent eating and drinking from God’s word will leave us spiritually dehydrated and weak. “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matt. 5:6).

            God’s word also gives us hope and comfort in affliction: “Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me” (Ps. 119:49–50). Not only do we need hope, but we also need comfort: “Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?” (v. 82). Often it looks like we are fighting a losing battle. It looks like the enemy is undefeatable. Our sins keep plaguing us, we keep falling into temptation, and the world continues to grow hostile to Christians. Why should we keep fighting? God’s word comforts our troubled hearts and gives us hope. It tells us the victory is already won. Jesus crushed the head of the serpent, and he is coming again in judgment at the end of the world to punish the wicked.

            We are to respond to God’s word in three ways. First, we are to respond with awe. “But my heart standeth in awe of thy word” (Ps. 119:161). God’s word is powerful: it can give life, and it is able to destroy. Thus we may not have a flippant or casual attitude towards God’s word. It deserves our full admiration, devotion, and worship.

Second, we respond with obedience. “But now have I kept thy word” (v. 67). We must obey God’s word and heed its instruction. We may not be indifferent to it or view it as optional. God’s word is truth and all his commands to us are a necessary part of the Christian life.

Third, we respond by hiding God’s word in our hearts (Ps. 119:11). We must view God’s word as an invaluable treasure to be hid in our hearts where it can’t be forgotten or taken away. Perhaps our Bibles will be taken away someday, but if God’s word is hidden in our hearts, it is safe. “Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart” (Prov. 7:3).

Rebekah is a wife and mother in the home. She attends Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, CA, with her family.

Date Read Study Psalter
April 8 Ps. 119:1–8 What are five characteristics of those who are called blessed? 1
April 9 Ps. 119:9–16

1 Pet. 1:22

What does “taking heed thereto according to thy word” look like? 322
April 10 Ps. 119:17–24 How is it possible to keep God’s word? 323
April 11 Ps. 119:25–32 What uplifts your burdened soul? 324
April 12 Ps. 119:33–40 How does God make us walk in his ways? 325
April 13 Ps. 119:41–48 How does God’s word benefit us? 326
April 14 Ps. 119:49–56 How have you comforted yourself with God’s word when horror begins to take hold because of the wicked? 327
April 15 Ps. 119:57–64 What should follow self-examination? 328
April 16 Ps. 119:65–72 How is affliction for our profit? 329
April 17 Ps. 119:73–80 How is it “faithfulness” when God afflicts us? 330
April 18 Ps. 119:81–88 What sustains us amid the relentless attacks of our enemies? 331
April 19 Ps. 119:89–96 How does the permanence of God’s word comfort you? 332
April 20 Ps. 119:97–104 Why is meditating on God’s word important for our daily Christian walk? 333
April 21 Ps. 119:105–112 According to Ps. 119:105, how does God’s word light our path and keep us from falling into the snares of the wicked? 334
April 22 Ps. 119:113–120 How does God’s word keep us safe? Safe from what? 335
April 23 Ps. 119:121–128 Of what value is God’s word to you? 336
April 24 Ps. 119:129–136 How wonderful is God’s word to you? Do you long after his commandments? Are you grieved when you see the world disregard God’s law? 337
April 25 Ps. 119:137–144 What six words are used to describe God’s word in this section? 338
April 26 Ps. 119:145–152 Why is the psalmist crying? What truth comforts him (v. 151)? 339
April 27 Ps. 119:153–160 What is the source of affliction here? What truths should we place our hope in? 340
April 28 Ps. 119:161–168 What is the reason for rejoicing and praise? 341
April 29 Ps. 119:169–176

Isa. 53:6

Matt. 15:24

Luke 15:3–7

Do you see your need for deliverance, help, and salvation? 342
April 30 Ps. 19:7–9 Does God’s word cause you to rejoice? Or is it a burden of “musts and must nots”? 42
May 1 Ps. 19:10 Do you desire after God’s word? 38
May 2 Ps. 19:11–13 What different kinds of sin does David mention? Why should we ask forgiveness for each of these different kinds of sin? 41
May 3 Ps. 19:14 Who is able to deliver us from our sins? 40
May 4 Ps. 1:1–3 What relationship does the blessed man have with God’s word? What does God’s word do for him? 2 (v. 1–3)
May 5 Ps. 1:4–6 How are the ungodly contrasted with the righteous? Why can the righteous stand in the judgment? 2 (v. 4–5)
May 6 Ps. 63:1–3 What gets you up in the morning? 164 (v. 1–2)
May 7 Ps. 63:4–7 What is on your heart and mind when you fall asleep at night? 164 (v. 3–4)