“I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.” –Psalm 119:16
It isn’t true that I’d never leave the house nor get any exercise if I didn’t have to walk the dog. I’d still bike around town instead of drive when possible. I’d still do yoga. I’d still go to my kids’ school, grocery-shopping, errand-running, and to church. But the one thing I can’t choose to do or not do every day is walk the dog. I can’t skip it or leave it undone or drive the car instead. I can’t neglect Lexi. The psalmist promises God not to neglect his word. Yet that’s the very thing Jesus accuses the Pharisees of doing: “You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness” (Matthew 23:23). The Pharisees were “good” people, but they weren’t filled with God’s love. I might be a good person even if I didn’t walk with God, like I would be an active, involved person even if I didn’t have to walk Lexi. But I wouldn’t have God’s love in my heart. The one thing we Christians can’t choose to do or not do every day is walk with God. We can’t neglect his Word.
Dear God, Teach me not to neglect your Word because I want to walk with you. Amen