Our first journal assignment of the year was to read through the entirety of Psalm 119 and write a response to the verse that stuck out most to us. I chose verse 43.
Do not snatch the word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws.
This verse makes me think of Peter’s words in John 6: ‘”Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”‘ God’s words are the bricks outlining the path of His Way. His Way leads to truth and to life. I put my hope in His Word, leaning all my weight against it, hoping, trusting that it will not give way like a dead limb on this tree of this life which I am scaling. The Word of the Lord, though, is not dead, but ‘living and active’. It has been tried, or as David says elsewhere in the psalm: “Your promises have been thoroughly tested.” Others have witnesses have climbed this tree before me, leaning on this same branch, and not once has it failed them. It is a sure foothold in a world of flimsy twigs and lifeless sticks. I have put my hope in His words; do not snatch the word of truth from me. These words are sure because their Speaker is sure. He alone in this world of clamoring voices is trustworthy. Many sirens call out with fine words, plentiful words, flattering words, wishful words, but there is no one else who has the words of truth, the words of eternal life.
I have put my hope in these words.