Our view of Scripture will impact our manner of living. At least that is what happened to the psalmist. I do not think there is another chapter in the entire Bible that does more to elevate God’s Word than Psalms 119. That is part of the reason for this series of devotionals. We have seen the psalmist in times of joy and sorrow; affliction and deliverance. At all times he has magnified God’s Word. It is central in his life. Today’s passage once again makes this point.
Section 18 (TZADDI)
Psalms 119:137-144 Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments.
Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.
My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.
Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.
I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts.
Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.
Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.
The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.
The psalmist begins by declaring the righteousness of God and His Word. The Word of God is completely in line with the Character of God. To cast doubt on one, is to cast doubt on the other. This is why it is so important for us, as Christians, to hold up the truth, character, and authority of God’s Word. The Devil loves to cause us to doubt God’s Word. He has been doing it since the garden of Eden. He is still doing it today.
The psalmist leaves no doubt as to his position on either God or His Word. In verse 138 he declares that the truths of the God’s Word are both righteous and faithful. They are holy and dependable. God will do what He says He will do. No matter if it seems to be taking a long time or not, God’s Word is faithful. No matter if it is counter to the culture, God’s Word is righteous.
The psalmist was so zealous for this truth, that it literally wore him out! He says that his zeal for God’s Word, and his desire to teach it to the forgetful nations had literally consumed him. I wonder if we are consumed with a burning desire to get God’s Word to a lost world, who seem to have completely forgotten their Maker.
Something worth noticing is the fact that he does not tie his belief in Scripture to his person position or condition. He claims to be small and despised in the eyes of the world, but he never forgets God’s Word. He has been taken hold of by trouble and anguish. He is in the very grip of difficulty, but he still delights in God’s Word. Though his troubles seem overwhelming, they are temporary. The righteousness of God’s Word is everlasting.
Dear ones, God’s Word is often discounted by those in difficulty. It is easy to believe it when it is easy to believe. What about when it is hard? What is our attitude toward the Bible when life is turned upside down? What is our attitude when we suffer loss for believing God’s Word and applying it to our lives? Will we still believe it? Will we still love it? The psalmist provides our answer. Any life worth living is found in a life lived following the truths of God’s Word. Both the saved and the lost have difficulty. The difference for the Christian is that God has given us live and peace. We have live with a purpose; and eternal purpose.
Don’t let difficulties, or the forgetfulness of sinful people rob you of your confidence in God’s Word. Become consumed with it. There is nothing better than that.