(Today’s post by Chris Queen)
There’s so much going on in Psalm 119, this epic love song to God’s Word. On the surface, it’s kind of strange to think of a hymn to the law, especially one this long. But, as we can see just from today’s reading (verses 49-80), that God’s commands are also promises for every season of our lives. I’ve picked out four themes from these passages that show some of the many ways that God and His Word are there for us.
God’s Word is there for me when I am under attack:
50 My comfort in my affliction is this: Your word has kept me alive. 51 The arrogant have viciously ridiculed me, yet I did not turn away from Your Torah. 52 I remember Your judgments from of old, ADONAI, and comfort myself. 53 Burning indignation grips me, because of the wicked who forsake Your Torah. […]
61 The ropes of the wicked are coiled around me, but I did not forget Your Torah. […]
69 Though the proud smeared a lie on me, with all my heart I keep Your precepts. 70 Their minds are insensible, but Your Torah is my delight. 71 It is good for me that I was afflicted, so that I may learn Your decrees. […]
78 May the proud be put to shame for wronging me with a lie, but I will meditate on Your precepts.
God’s Word is there for me when I repent and turn back to Him:
58 I have entreated Your favor with all my heart. Be gracious to me according to Your word. 59 I have considered my ways and turned my feet back to Your testimonies. 60 I hasten and do not delay to obey Your mitzvot [commands]. […]
66 Teach me good sense and knowledge, for I trusted in Your mitzvot. 67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word. […]
80 My heart will have integrity in following Your decrees, so that I would not be ashamed.
God’s Word is there for me when I’m ready to soak it up like a sponge:
54 Your decrees have become my songs in the house where I dwell. 55 In the night I remember Your Name, ADONAI, and keep watching over Your Torah. 56 This is my own: that I keep Your precepts. […]
62 At midnight I rise to praise You, because of Your righteous rulings. […]
72 The Torah from Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
73 Your hands have made me and formed me. Give me understanding that I may learn Your mitzvot.
God’s Word is there for me when I’m surrounded by others who love Him!
63 I am a companion of all who fear You, of those who observe Your precepts. 64 The earth is full of Your lovingkindness. ADONAI—teach me Your decrees. […]
74 Those in awe of You see me and rejoice, because I put my hope in Your word. […]
79 Let those in awe of You return to me— those who know Your testimonies.
My takeaway from today’s reading is basically a reminder: never forget that God’s Word is always there for us in every season of our lives. And isn’t that good stuff?