Psalm 119 is a prayer of a text-driven life. As stated in a previous post, a text-driven is a life that responds to God through His Word.
Here is a helpful infographic on the content of Psalm 119.
When examined graphically, something becomes clear. This is about being all in for God. Think of it.
As a prayer, Psalm 119 can be divided into three categories, affirmations, or praises for God and His Word; requests; and finally declarations. Declarations are audible responses to God speaking: “God, based on your character, I will do this!” Here are some examples:
39 Your rules are good AFFIRMATION
41Let your steadfast love come to me, O LORD, REQUEST
Your salvation according to your promise
45 I will keep your law continually, forever and ever, DECLARATION
46 and I shall walk in a wide place,
for I have sought your precepts.
I will also speak of your testimonies before kings
And shall not be put to shame.
This is fascinating. Out of all the 176 verses in Psalm 119, there are 26 affirmations, 51 requests, and 118 (!) declarations. By far, the most dominant type of prayer is declaration. In other words, this is the prayer of someone who is all-in. The Psalmist is responding to God and has determined to know Him through His Word. That’s it. They love the Word so much that they will spend the rest of their life knowing God’s Word and relating to God through His Word.
The text-driven life is the domain of those who are all-in. They have crossed the line, burned the ships, they are not turning back, and any other metaphor you want to throw at it. There is no part of them that is not God’s.
Will and Understanding
The relationship between the will and knowledge is found in Jesus’ teaching in the eight parables of Matthew 13 where He equates, “understanding” with obedience. Those who do not understand (v.14), are those whose hearts have become “dull” (v.15). They can’t know the truth, because their hearts are hardened with sin. When someone tries to sow Gospel seed in their heart it never penetrates the topsoil. Like seed thrown on pavement they hear the Word but they can’t receive it because of hardness. Consequently, Satan tries to rob them of ever hearing it again (v.18).
In the kingdom of God, understanding is always tied to obedience.
We often hear of evangelical college students who, after attending church all their lives, jettison their faith in college. It really happens, but I’m suspicious that’s not the whole story.
What is driving a college student’s rejection of the Bible is not that they have examined Christianity and found it an insufficient belief system, but the reality that they already decided to live a lifestyle that their faith condemns. Rather than change their life, they find an alternative belief system to accommodate what they have already decided to do. At least one Higher Ed study suggests this might be the case.
The little truism I learned in grade school, “Sin will keep you from this book, or this book will keep you from sin” is in fact true. In the kingdom of God true understanding is only for the obedient.
God’s word must be read with open palms as well as open Bibles for the reason that the eyes are opened as the will is bent. Knowledge follows obedience like day after night. If I want to life a text-driven life the question is one of the will more than the intellect.
The Lord’s prayer has affirmations, “Hallowed be thy name”, and several requests for provision, forgiveness, and protection respectively. But where in the Lord’s prayer are the declarations? Perhaps they are in the very first thing we are to request, “Thy Kingdom Come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” To ask God for His will to be done is a declaration that we will do it! The request is itself a declaration of obedience. And that’s what a text-driven life is about, a coming kingdom.
A kingdom, and will, we would not know without God’s word. So it is that a bent will is the field guide that walks knowledge into the heart and mind. In this way the heart, hands, and head are spiritually synched. We read the Bible with hearts wide open.
 Special thanks to Caitlyn Jameson for creating this infographic.