I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life. (Ps. 119:93)

Every now and then I smell something rotting on my kitchen counter. I peek into the bottom of the fruit bowl and sure enough there is a piece of soft, squishy fruit that is well past its prime. If only I had preserved it in some way—by drying, freezing, or canning it, I could have rescued it from its end in the compost pile.

Since the time I was saved as a young child, I have listened in awe to the testimonies of those who were saved from a life full of waywardness. Those people can truly appreciate how powerfully God rescued them from a life of sin. And although I am thankful for my salvation, I feel I cannot fully understand the transformed life. However, I can be thankful for my preserved life.

The psalmist praised the Word of the Lord because it lasts forever. To him, the Word of God is unforgettable because it prevented sin from destroying his life. Those who were saved when they were very young can appreciate how heeding God’s Word has preserved them. Without God’s eternal, enduring precepts and statutes to preserve you, what would your life look like right now? No matter how long ago or how recently you were saved, the Word of the Lord has preserved you from further destruction, and even from death.

Picture your life without God’s Word. Thank Him for how it has preserved you!

Rachel Schmoyer is a pastor’s wife, mom of four, and has a degree from Cairn University. She enjoys biographies of the First Ladies.