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Delighting in God’s Word (Psalm 119:14)

I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches.
Psalm 119:14

First of all, let’s remember that being a Christian and having joy should be inseparable.

And my soul shall rejoice in the Lord; it shall exult in His salvation.
Psalm 35:9

Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; let those who love Your salvation say continually, “The Lord be magnified!”
Psalm 40:16

But let the righteous be glad; let them exult before God; yes, let them rejoice with gladness.
Psalm 68:3

Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; and let those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified.”
Psalm 70:4

I rejoice at Your word, as one who finds great spoil.
Psalm 119:162

The psalmist is expressing how he values God’s word. He illustrates by comparing God’s word to all the wealth in the entire world. All of us can relate to this picture. He is essentially saying that there is nothing of greater value than the Word of God.

Spurgeon succinctly states why it is so important to delight in God’s word:

“Delight in the word of God is a sure proof that it has taken effect upon the heart, and so is cleansing the life.”1

Consider what it would look like in your life if you valued the word of God to such an extent. How would it affect your priorities and habits?

If you have well-established disciplines that reflect this priority, praise the Lord. If you realize that the word of God has not been the joyful priority that it should be, consider specifically how you could reorient your schedule and then implement the necessary changes.

The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
Psalm 119:72

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


1Spurgeon, C. H. (n.d.). The Treasury of David: Psalms111-119 (Vol. 5, p. 160). London; Edinburgh; New York: Marshall Brothers.


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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