“Quicken thou me according to thy word” (Psalm 119:25).
God’s word is the ultimate source of quickening for the believer. The theme of Psalm 119 is the word of God. Eleven times the psalmist asks God to quicken him; that is, to revive or give him life by means of His word. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12). Quickening produces restoration: “My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word” (v.25). Quickening produces comfort: “This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me” (v.50). “I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy word” (v.107). Truly, it is the word of God that brings comfort in all our afflictions. Quickening produces deliverance: “Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word” (v.154). The quickening power of God in salvation has already “delivered us from the wrath to come” (I Thessalonians 1:10); from Satan, “that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Hebrews 2:14,15), and from the world (Galatians 1:4). Quickening produces guidance: “Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way” (v.37). Rather than turning aside into empty ways, we should allow God to guide us in the paths of righteousness. Quickening produces resolve: “I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me” (v.93). “Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness” (v.159).
How wonderful it is to know that the Holy Spirit quickens us through the word He authored so that we can face any obstacle on our pilgrim journey. NPS