Today we commemorate Birgitta of Sweden, renewer of the church, died 1373. Birgitta married at age thirteen and had four daughters. Widowed at age thirty-eight, she gave all that she owned to the poor, and founded a community of monks and nuns led by a woman. Her work is continued today by the Society of St. Birgitta.
Read Psalm 119:97–104
97 Oh, how I love your law!
I meditate on it all day long.
98 Your commands are always with me
and make me wiser than my enemies.
99 I have more insight than all my teachers,
for I meditate on your statutes.
100 I have more understanding than the elders,
for I obey your precepts.
101 I have kept my feet from every evil path
so that I might obey your word.
102 I have not departed from your laws,
for you yourself have taught me.
103 How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 I gain understanding from your precepts;
therefore I hate every wrong path.
Throughout the Bible you will find many references to the word “Law”. For most of us, the word law gets us thinking about rules and regulations. However, the word Hebrew word for “law” , Torah, is best translated “instruction”. So, when we read “Oh, how I love your law!”, we are being invited to delight in God’s instruction.. God’s teaching .. God’s counsel. In the following video you will also see how God’s Torah/Law is part of a much bigger story that God has written into history, and is fulfilled the person and work of Jesus Christ.
What can we learn about God’s instruction from this psalm?
What role should God’s Word play in our lives?
How can we show our respect for God’s written Word?
According to the many clues in this psalm, how can we prevent ourselves from sinning against the Lord?
What specific instructions from this psalm would you like to apply to your life?
How could you improve the quality or quantity of the time you spend reading and thinking about God’s Word this week?
Lord, your instruction is full of infinite sweetness! Let our hearts savor every letter. It has a medicine for every wound. Teach us how not just to learn but to savor and relish the teachings of your Word, especially your word made flesh, Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord, in whose name we pray. Amen.
Thy Strong Word Didst Cleave the Darkness”
1. Thy strong word did cleave the darkness; At Thy speaking it was done, For created light we thank Thee, While Thine ordered seasons run. Alleluia, alleluia! Praise to Thee who light dost send! Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia without end!
2. Lo, on those who dwelt in darkness, Dark as night and deep as death, Broke the light of Thy salvation, Breathed Thine own life breathing breath. Alleluia, alleluia! Praise to Thee who light dost send! Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia without end!
3. Thy strong word bespeaks us righteous; Bright with Thine own holiness, Glorious now, we press toward glory, And our lives our hopes confess. Alleluia, alleluia! Praise to Thee who light dost send! Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia without end!
4. From the cross Thy wisdom shining Breaketh forth in conqu’ring might; From the cross forever beameth All Thy bright redeeming light. Alleluia, alleluia! Praise to Thee who light dost send! Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia without end!
5. Give us lips to sing Thy glory, Tongues Thy mercy to proclaim, Throats that shout the hope that fills us, Mouths to speak Thy holy name. Alleluia, alleluia! Praise to Thee who light dost send! Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia without end!
6. God the Father, light-creator, To Thee laud and honor be. To Thee, Light of light begotten, Praise be sung eternally. Holy Spirit, light-revealer, Glory, glory be to Thee. Mortals, angels, now and ever Praise the holy Trinity