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The Word Requires a Response (Psalm 119:56)

This has become mine, that I observe Your precepts.
Psalm 119:56

The psalmist is recognizing all the benefits that he has received because of God’s word and the truth it proclaims. This particular strophe has emphasized a few of the immense benefits that the believer receives from God’s word.

God’s word:

  • Gives us hope
  • Provides comfort in the midst of affliction
  • Revives us
  • Provides stability
  • Reminds us of God’s work in the past
  • Helps us to think and respond to wickedness in a righteous manner
  • Puts a song in our hearts
  • Instructs us about the Author of the word
  • Guides us according to God’s ways
  • Is a source of comfort during the night

We have the blessed privilege of benefiting from the incomprehensible value of God’s word. Might we share the psalmist’s heart when it comes to our perspective of the value of God’s word.

And I shall lift up my hands to Your commandments, which I love; and I will meditate on Your statutes.
Psalm 119:48

O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.
Psalm 119:97

I hate those who are double-minded, but I love Your law.
Psalm 119:113

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

Consider how I love Your precepts; revive me, O LORD, according to Your lovingkindness.
Psalm 119:159

Those who love Your law have great peace, and nothing causes them to stumble.
Psalm 119:165

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