The Pastor's Pen
When I was a boy, I would walk a mile or so each summer to our church when we had two weeks of VBS (Vacation Bible School). We learned a little song that began like this - "The B-I-B-L-E , yes, that's the book for me..." And after many years the Bible is still the book for me.
In the middle of your Bible there is the longest chapter in the Bible - 176 verses - all written by a man who had deep love and respect for God's Word. He knew that what God said was necessary for his life. Allow me to share a couple of these thoughts with you from Psalm 119.
First, I can trust what it says - "For ever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven (vs. 89)." God does not change nor does what He says. Something that is settled will stand firm - it does not change. Settled in the Hebrew is something that has already taken place. As a result, I can trust what this book tells me.
Second, I find direction for my life - "Thy Word is a lamp to my feet and a light unto my path (vs. 105)." In the darkness of night or in a dark remote location it is nice to have a flashlight to give much needed light. God's Word not only sheds light on how I can be certain of heaven but it also gives me direction for my daily life.
Third, the Bible brings peace to my life - "Great peace have they which love Thy Law: and nothing shall offend them (vs. 165)." When life's problems mount and when the darkness of this world surrounds me, I have a book that I can trust, that gives direction to my life and brings an inner peace. Life is filled with disappointments, struggles and situations beyond my control. I am so thankful that God has given me His Word.
Yes, the B-I-B-L-E is the book for me! Enjoy your Bible!
Pastor Robert Kurtz