“I open my mouth and pant because I long for your commandments” – Psalm 119:131
I love that verse. It is convicting every time I read it. The imagery of that verse is just so powerful. I imagine a guy who is wondering around in the dessert for hours and hours without a drop to drink. His mouth is panting, longing, for just one drop of water to quench his dry and dusty throat. Rather, instead of water the Psalmist is panting for the Word of God. He desires God’s word so much that he is literally longing for it.
In a day and age where Bibles are everywhere, on our shelves, in our cars, behind our pews, on our phones, I feel like we have lost the preciousness of God’s word. It is ironic, that in the day where the Bible is more readily available than ever, our desire for the scriptures seem to be non existent. Most of us don’t pant for the scriptures, we pant for entertainment, food, comfort, and sin.
May this verse convict us in such a way that beg for God to gives us a desire for His word like the image described.
The following is a powerful video of the Kimyal people receiving the Scriptures in their own language for the first time. If you want to see what it looks like to pant for God’s word this is it: