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God’s Word Is Like a Spinal Column

I call Psalm 119 the “spinal column of the Bible” because it’s in the center of the book. It’s a very unusual passage. It’s the longest chapter in the Bible, and it’s divided into 22 stanzas based on the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The entire Psalm is about the importance of God’s Word. It says: “O how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day” (v. 97) and “Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against you” (v. 11).

You couldn’t function without a spine. In the same way, you need the strength and stability of God’s Word to be successful in life. Don’t ever neglect the Bible. Read and study it. Hunger for it. Make it your treasure. Study it until your Bible falls apart—then get a new one. The psalmist said: “If your law had not been my delight, then I would have perished…” (v. 92). If you neglect the Bible you will be spineless, unable to make wise decisions, and weak when temptation comes. Make God’s Word the central core of your life, and teach your disciples to do the same!

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