“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Blessed are you, O LORD; teach me your statutes!” (Psalm 119:11-12, ESV).
Psalm 119 is famous as the longest chapter in the Bible, and it may strike people as intimidating because it has such a pronounced focus on God’s law. ‘Law’ here should be understood in a broad sense, as the teaching or instruction of the Lord. From the very beginning the psalm alternates between joyful affirmations of following God’s law and pleas that God would instruct the psalmist and enable him to follow God’s teaching. So it is in these two verses, still towards the beginning—a testimony of obedience, and a plea for instruction.
God is good in all His ways, and gracious in communicating His ways to us. Let us seek to walk in His way. Those who follow God know that His directions are good, and are for our good; and those who struggle should call out to God, who is able to strengthen our hearts and give us the gift of faithfulness. May the goodness of God be your strength today.