As Psalm 119 continues to praise God and His revelation to us in His Word, the Psalmist focuses on the creative aspect of God’s spoken Word. It’s through God’s Word the universe was created and is sustained. It’s through God’s Word that He accomplishes His plans and purposes in our lives. It’s rebellion or alienation from God’s Word that suffering and unhappiness have come into the world and remain in the world. It doesn’t change from generation to generation. The Psalmist writes, “Your eternal word, O LORD, stands firm in heaven. Your faithfulness extends to every generation, as enduring as the earth you created. Your regulations remain true to this day, for everything serves your plans.”

Worship is the nourishment of the mind upon God’s truth. Worship is the quickening of the conscience by God’s holiness. Worship is the cleansing of the imagination by God’s beauty. Worship is the response of my life to God’s plan for my life. Someone has aptly said, “Living without God’s plan for our life is like sewing with a needle without thread, or writing one’s biography with a pen empty of ink.”

David George wrote, “Worship that’s from one not in Submission to God’s Word is unacceptable to God. Saul assumed authority over God, sacrificing what God said to destroy. God accepts our praise as sacrifice, but rejects it if we disobey. We can never violate God’s law to implement God’s plan. Like Saul, many times we think, “the end justifies the means.” It is impossible to disobey God for His good. The truth is failure to submit to God’s Word causes you to lose a favorable role in God’s plan. Because Saul did not submit to God’s authority, God rejected him as king. Have you decided your way is better than God’s?”

“This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)