Time for a little sci-fi. Pick your favorite alien creature (Yoda, an ewok, a Klingon, ET, Alf, any others). Imagine for a moment that your alien has just acquired the keys to your car. This alien has a complete knowledge of the history of the automobile and knows everything there is to know about the inner workings of the car: how the intake manifold operates, how to replace an alternator and when to flush the transmission. There is only one piece missing from this alien’s extensive knowledge base as he turns the key and pulls out into traffic in your busy town: the rules of the road. Red lights, speed limits, and yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians means nothing to this alien. He is a danger on the road, to himself and others, because he is not aware of and following the guidelines for safe driving.
In the same way, today there are many aliens on the road of life. God created life as well as the rules to go with it. He gave us rules for a safe, smooth-flowing, God-honoring life. But there are a lot of “smart” people who are ignorant of these rules. They might know all about the body and how it works, but they don’t know and apply the rules God gave for keeping the body heathy and holy. Similarly, our alien knows how the brakes work, who installed them, how to replace them, and even how to come to a smooth complete stop; but, without a clear understanding of the rules of the road he doesn’t know when to properly use them and when not to. And in many other instances, worldly knowledge, without a firm grasp of God’s Word, leads to problems. As Paul said, “Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight.” (1 Corinthians 3:18,19a)
And it is easy to be deceived. Especially when there appear to be many more alien drivers on the roads than wise followers of God’s rulebook. When everyone else speeds through the red lights it can seem like it might be okay to try it ourselves – maybe we begin to feel like we are missing out on something. And that is just one of the great times to read Psalm 119.
The 119th Psalm – the longest chapter in the Bible, with 176 verses, is ALL about the importance of God’s Word and His commands. It is fun reading to see how many verses you can find in those 176 that DON’T have a word pertaining to God’s Word, commands, promises, precepts, decrees, statutes, law, etc… There aren’t very many. If you come up with a number a verses that doesn’t include one of these, or similar, words leave a comment and we can see if others agree with you.
I love that the longest chapter in the middle of God’s Word is about the importance of knowing and applying God’s Word and commands. Without God’s Word all of us little aliens drivers would be lost – and causing much pain and damage to ourselves and others along the way.
Here are just a few of my favorite verses in Psalm 119 but go ahead and read the whole chapter for yourself sometime today and find your favorites. It will take a little longer than reading the average Psalm, but there is always a blessing when we make time for God’s Word.
“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me.” (vs. 18 & 19 – See that alien driving down the road? Remember that even aliens can learn new ways.)
“Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things. (vs. 36,37a – stay fixed on God’s Word, not on what the aliens value or call entertainment)
“Before I was afflicted, I went astray, but now I obey your word. You are good and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.” (vs.67-68 )
“I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes. It is time for you to act, O Lord; your law is being broken.” (vs. 125,126 )
Stay in His Word,