Scripture for Today: Psalm 119:164-165 “Seven times a day I praise You for Your righteous Laws. Great peace have they who love Your Law, and nothing can make them stumble.”
How strange to see these seven pillars standing tall outside of Las Vegas, Nevada! Their brightly painted colors are in stark contrast with the plain brown desert. These seven pillars, called the Seven Magic Mountains, were built by a Swiss artist as a public art project. They are 30-35 feet tall and each of the thirty three boulders weigh 10-25 tons each! Perhaps there are seven of them as this number is considered lucky. But in Scripture, the number seven represents completion or perfection.
In today’s verse David does not use the number seven literally. David mentions praying three times a day in Psalm 55:17. In fact, David writes that His praise shall continually be in his mouth (Psalm 34:1). He uses the number seven here to express a desire to worship the Lord perfectly, or completely. In turning towards a holy and righteous God, David is showing a special care in his devotion. His praise is specific; for God’s Law. He recognizes the stability His Law gives to life. In following God’s righteous way, one will not stumble as the wicked do whenever calamity strikes (Prov. 24:16). David praises God for the great peace that comes from being obedient. He knew the difference. He experienced first hand the agony and awful consequences of breaking God’s Law.
What a beautiful and worthy subject of praise! God’s Law gives stability and direction to my life. It keeps me from stumbling. Following His Law gives me heart peace instead of guilt and confusion. Seven times a day is only the beginning of my praise and worship!
Lord, may I continually praise You today! You are worthy!