That’s unfortunate and likely the reason we have a hard time connecting with what David says in the next verses of Psalm 119:
The truth is, we all meditate on the things we enjoy and delight in.
When I really took the time to read these verse, I couldn’t help but think of a fan-girl. Generation after generation, girls have gone crazy over young male musicians. Put a bunch of these musical boys in a group and you’ve got yourself a recipe for young female hysteria! It’s amazing the devotion that these girls can have to the subject of their boy band of choice. A true fan-girl has integrity — going far beyond casual devotion. This kind of girl knows stuff. They know the all the names of the boys in the band. They know the boy’s backstories — their hometowns, their birthdays, their favorite foods — it can get a little scary.
How do they know all of these things — because they meditated.
Fan-girls spend much of their spare time soaking in all there is to know and enjoy about their delight and obsession. No one is forcing the fan-girl to focus all their thoughts and energies on these boys. No one is telling the fan-girl that thinking and meditating on these boys would be “good for them.” They meditate on what they enjoy simply because they want to — they delight to meditate because they delight in the object of their meditation.
I wish that I had a better way to say it — but it seems that David is fan-girling over God’s Word. Is “fan-girling” even a word? We’ll go with it for now — we are a people of grace after all.
David just can’t get enough of God’s Word. He meditates on God’s precepts and thinks constantly about God’s ways because he just delights in them so much! I’m consistently struck by the fact that David’s devotion isn’t one of piety — but of delight! And I think that’s the kind of devotion that God longs for from us as well.
If so much of our devotion to other things is driven by delight — why would devotion to God be a cold, sterile thing?
This is one of the biggest reasons why I wanted to blog my journey through Psalm 119. It’s amazing to me that one of the greatest worship leaders of our faith delighted so much in the Word of God. And what do artists do when they delight in something? — they create art. That’s exactly what Psalm 119 is — it’s a life-long masterpiece dedicated to a delight in the Word of God.
I’m curious to see what David saw. Why was David so full of genuine delight over God’s Word?