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Psalm 119:65-72 (NIV)
65 Do good to your servant according to your word, Lord. 66 Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands. 67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word. 68 You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees. 69 Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies, I keep your precepts with all my heart. 70 Their hearts are callous and unfeeling, but I delight in your law. 71 It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. 72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.
In this excerpt from Psalm 119 (the long psalm which teaches us to learn and delight in God’s word), the poet emphasizes that God’s discipline is good, because it leads to humility, and humility is what God blesses. When we are humble, then we recognize the infinite value of God’s words and instructions (119:72).