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Convictions (Psalm 119:127)

Therefore I love Your commandments above gold, yes, above fine gold.
Psalm 119:127

The term “convictions” can be defined as firmly held beliefs or opinions. True convictions are life-altering. They impact our choices and priorities in life. But how many people have true convictions, things that they would be willing to live and die for?

The psalmist has addressed the reality of wickedness and righteousness. Throughout this chapter, he has repeatedly affirmed his conviction that God’s word is absolutely trustworthy and is the source of his joy, sustenance, knowledge, comfort, protection, and more.

The evidence that this is a true conviction for the psalmist is demonstrated by his love for the word. His love is not a trite love or an occasional love. No, his love for God’s word is a supreme love. For clarity, the psalmist uses an illustration that we can all understand. God’s word is more precious to the psalmist than an abundance of the finest gold. In other words, given the choice between all the money he could ever want and the word of God, the psalmist’s decision was clear. The value of the word of God far exceeds all the wealth this world has to offer.

What are your convictions? Keep in mind that true convictions will be evidenced by what we love and by the priorities we have in this life. Convictions are not simply what we say. They are reflected in how we live.

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58