Psalm 119

This summer, we are celebrating God’s revelation in his word through a teaching series on Psalm 119.  

We invite your thoughts on these two questions:

What does God’s word mean to you?

How has it impacted your life?

6 Responses to “Psalm 119”

  1. Elsie Nickorick says:

    I am Elsie Nickorick – born again 71 years ago!

    I was not raised in a Christian home – we had a Bible – but not in the English language – so I did not read it. I was completely ignorant about God’s word – not even knowing there was an Old Testament & New Testament. It was a real milestone in my life to own a Bible, to read about Jesus and his ministry – his purpose. That was the beginning of the many years of reading, studying and teaching God’s word. It has been and is “a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

    What does God’s word mean to me? I would say with the Psalmist “more precious than gold and sweeter than honey”.

    How has it impacted my life? Looking back all these years – since that eventful day of salvation 71 years ago – it has taught me who God is – love, grace, mercy, forgiveness and to love, forgive, abide in Him and His word. It has taught me that God has a plan for our lives. It has taught me that God’s way is the best way. It has taught me that God is sovereign, in charge, — unchanging in a changing world — and the way to live, to experience the abundant life He has promised and gives is to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him. And He will make your paths straight.” God’s word — precious, the compass and map for living and life. Thank you!

  2. Ernie Atkinson says:

    If I was interested in getting to know someone, I would want to know more about that person, and would learn about that person in at least possibly two ways:

    1. What that person says about themselves or what other people have said about them.
    2. My increasing relationship and experiences in getting to know that person

    And in my relationship with God, I have read what He has said about Himself in the Bible, and what others in Scripture have said about Him, as well as those since that time who are His followers. But when it comes down to it, I really cannot separate what has been said about God from the impact believing His Words has actually had on my own life.

    I can share one significant example from the past where I had been asked to serve in our previous church. At the time I was really feeling quite low, spiritually and emotionally. I wrestled with being willing to serve, and finally said to God that I was willing, but that He would have to convince me beyond any shadow of a doubt, knowing how I was feeling at the time. That same day as a family we read a devotional which had the key verse of Psalm 100:2 — Serve the LORD with gladness

    That was Saturday. The next morning, as part of the worship service, we were referred to a section in our hymnbooks, which we only did from time to time, which included, as you might guess, a reading from Psalm 100, and therefore, verse 2: Serve the LORD with gladness

    I knew I had to serve, and regardless of my emotional baggage at that time, these words were a foundation to trust the LORD’s leading in my life.

    And as I am totally dependent on what He has said about Himself, I am finding from experience a peace through openness with God and reliance upon what He has said—His Word and its impact on my life experience.

  3. Xulin Guo says:

    Jesus saved me in 2006. After that I heard people say that I need to know more about of God. I was wondering what is it and how to do it. One evening, when I was reading Bible with my boys, it was chapter 2 of the Proverbs. It starts with “My son.” Immediately I knew that God is calling me and wants to tell me something.
    “1My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— 3indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, 4and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, 5then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God” (Proverbs 2:1-4).

    This is my first experience that the Lord talked to me through Bible directly. After that, the Lord guided my life in different aspects and in many ways. Another example is for the marriage. When my husband and I got into argument, sometimes he would say to divorce. As we both thought that Christian cannot divorce until one day when I was reading 1 Corinthians chapter 7. It says, “And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so” (13, 15). I was so excited to hear this. I told my husband then I will never say divorce again, but if he wants to go because of my faith, he should just go. From that time on, we never mentioned about divorce anymore.

    I truly experienced that “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105).

  4. Lucy Fadeyi says:

    Hello Emmanuel, my name is Lucy Fadeyi. And I’ll be responding to 2 questions: What does God’s word mean to me and how has it impacted my life?

    To me, God’s word means peace, healing and comfort. He is also my waymaker, miracle worker, promise keeper and a light in the darkness.
    My life has been impacted by God’s word because whenever I am with God, I always feel safe, comforted and have the peace of mind everywhere I go.
    God’s word has also impacted me with my daily walk with him especially during the lowest points in my life, when he was all I could lean on.

    One of my favourite bible verses that has kept me grounded and at peace is
    Psalm 23:4, which reads as follows; “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil for you are with me, your rod and your staff they comfort me”
    Even as I continue my journey with Cancer, I know that his word will continue to lift up my spirit.

    One thing I know for sure is that our God is a faithful God.

    Thank you.

  5. Ed Peters says:

    It’s my foundation. It’s my anchor in stormy seas. As a boy growing up, I watched my dad study the word of God and work to live by what he studied. My mom also lived by what she heard and read.

    The word has impacted every area of my life. I need it. I read it and I study it to know who God is. I compare what I read in the word of God with what the teaching of man and the church is. If I hear some teaching that doesn’t seem right, I go to the word and see if it’s true.

    It causes me to strive to live with integrity in all areas of my life. When I’m tempted to sin, it nudges my conscience, and when I sin, it confronts me.

    I have a passion to love and to serve my family because of its influence in my life. I work and I share in the life of the church because I want others to know the truth of the word. My passion and love for the Spanish community is because of my desire to live out what I’ve read in the word.

    God’s word points out our sin and our need for a saviour. Psalm 119:11, “You word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against you.” In verse 105, “Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.” John 1, verse 1 and following: “In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. All things came to be through him and without him, nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life and this life was the light of the human race. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.”

  6. Cameo Rempel says:

    Good morning, church family! As others have so eloquently shared, God’s word is a guide and source of inspiration as I seek to live a life that glorifies Him. It helps me battle obsessive thoughts that come with an anxiety disorder and gives me strength when I am confused, heartbroken, or lonely. It gently convicts and brings me closer to the God who forgives. Through it, my Creator whispers words of love and desire time and time again. I need scripture, especially the passages I’ve clung to from childhood, to keep my mind and spirit in good working order.

    Something that I hadn’t experienced as much until recently, is the fun and entertainment that can also be found in God’s word. For example, Proverbs, while full of wisdom, is also hilarious at times. Take Proverbs 26:27: “Interfering in someone else’s argument is as foolish as yanking a dog’s ear.” Is that not one of the funniest comparisons you’ve ever heard? And what married person hasn’t chuckled a bit at Proverbs 25:24? “It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a contentious wife.” While these proverbs are true, and their points are well taken, they are delivered with a healthy dose of humour, which I absolutely love!

    At other times, the people and stories I encounter keep me on the edge of my seat as much as any gripping movie or novel. Ruth, for example, chose to leave her home, her family, her people, her religion, for her mother-in-law. She then follows the older woman’s advice to show up, uninvited, to a man’s bed in the middle of the night. That’s actually in the Bible! Have we read it too many times to be shocked by it? An entire sea parted to allow the Israelites to leave Egypt—that’s mind-blowing! Have we read it too many times to be surprised?

    While I still appreciate and seek the deep, important lessons to be learned, I’m noticing God’s sense of humour and passion for storytelling more often these days. It’s delightful! I love to laugh and hear interesting stories. My closest friends are the people that make me laugh the hardest and know just which anecdotes I’ll most appreciate. God knows this about me and invites my laughter with inside jokes, hilarious memories, and surprising twists and turns as He shares His stories with me. It’s incredible that He wants to be my friend. So, at this stage in my faith journey, I’m leaning into the enjoyment of God’s word and experiencing the joy and fun I find there. It’s a wonderful new way to encounter my first love.

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