Psalm 119 – Read by Replacing Word, Law, Rules, etc. with Jesus

Psalm 119 is well known as it is the psalm about God’s law and God’s word. Like the other psalms, I can and do read it as Jesus praying to the Father. Read in this way it gives us a beautiful picture of how Jesus Christ was able to do God’s will at all times.

But, there’s another way to read this psalm. For, what is God’s law? What is God’s word?

One understanding of the Hebrew for law is “the entire body of prophetic teaching.” In Romans 10:4, the ESV says, “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” What does “end” mean? That it’s over, done? Hardly, in one sense at least. In Matthew 5:17, Jesus says, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have come not to abolish them, but to fulfill them.” So, “Christ is the end of the law” means he is the fulfillment of it. Other translations of Romans 10:4 say that  “Christ is the culmination of the law” or “the Messiah is the consummation of the written law for righteousness.” When we are talking about the law, we are talking about Jesus.

Today, we get confused that God’s word is the Bible. It is not. God’s word is Jesus Christ. John 1:1-2 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” Was the Bible in the beginning with God? No, but Jesus was. John 1:14 says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt [tabernacled] amongst us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Note how the Word is talked about as a person, using the personal pronoun he. In fact, the whole New Testament makes it clear that Jesus is the word of God and not the Bible or the scriptures.

I write all of this to say that this morning I read Psalm 119 in a different way than I have before. I replace every mention of the law, rules, precepts, commandments, etc. and the word with Jesus. Wow! Let me give you an example below, starting at the beginning of the psalm.

“Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in Jesus! Blessed are those who keep Jesus, who seek Jesus with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in Jesus! You commanded Jesus be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping Jesus! Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on Jesus. I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn Jesus. I will keep Jesus; do not utterly forsake me.”

Do that all the way through and see how great, how important, how magnificent, how wonderful, how marvelous, how glorious is Jesus Christ!

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