God’s word is everlasting, firmly fixed in Heaven. The teachings of humanity are ever-changing, ebbing and flowing in and out like waves that never settle. But the Word of God never changes. It lasts forever. In the very beginning, the Lord God spoke all of Creation into existence. Life that we experience around us exists, lives, and breathes because it has been established and sustained by what God has spoken. This is why the psalmist declares his need for God’s precepts or commands. He is sustained by adhering to them. In remembering and delighting in the Lord’s precepts, the psalmist is saved and preserved.
By God’s precepts, we too are kept. By remembering them and living by them, we, like the psalmist, enjoy the fullness of life that God has designed for us. God’s commands to us can be easily interpreted as simply rules to follow for fear of His Wrath. But His precepts are much more than that. They preserve us from the dangers of the world and provide to us God’s Wisdom and Protection. They remind us of our need to trust in our God and all that He has done for us. Most importantly, they teach us how to live in relationship with Him Who gives us life in its fullness. God calls us to live by the precepts that He has established so that, like His Word, we would also be kept with Him for eternity.