Actions speak so much louder than words.
It’s always nice to hear the words “I love you” but it’s even sweeter when that love is shown through actions.
The psalmist is proclaiming a promise here. WHEN this happens THEN I will…he is acknowledging that change will occur with understanding and knowledge of God’s laws.
The psalmist knows of God’s laws enough to put it in this psalm, but he understands that just knowing of them or reading them once or twice doesn’t equate to “learning” them fully.
All through scripture there are many references to meditating on God’s law, and there’s a reason for that. Each time I read a verse or chapter, God reveals just a little bit more depth of meaning, layers upon layers. Each new insight changes me just a little bit more.
Thankfulness and gratitude for God’s love and mercy and patience with me just naturally follow.
It’s a natural progression. One we see everyday with our own children (hopefully). We hope our kids will learn our rules and then thank us by obeying and ultimately living good lives. That’s the goal right? Not much different than us with our Heavenly Father.
As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should!
Psalms 119:7 NLT