“I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.”
The words in beginning of the above verse – “opened my mouth, and panted” – express the picture of either an exhausted person desperately gasping for breath with his mouth wide open, or a thirsty animal craving for water. These words denote one of the most intense desires of a creature. Such was the desire that the psalmist has towards the Word of God, particularly for the commandments.
Many people say that the commandments of God are “grievous” or “burdensome”; however, that is far from the truth (cf. 1 John 5:3). The commandments of God are good to make us wiser (Psalm 119:98). They are pure (Psalm 19:8), faithful (Psalm 119:86), true (Psalm 119:151) and righteous (Psalm 119:172). Every one of God’s commandments is
like “a lamp” (Proverbs 6:23) that shows the path even in darkness.
Surely, we must not forsake God’s commandments, but desire to know and obey them. So, let us pray to God that He will teach us and remind us to obey His commandments.