If you have been following these posts on Psalms 119, then you know we paused in the middle of our text yesterday. Today, we will finish our thought from this section, and see what God has for us to learn.
Sometimes, when studying the Bible, it is wise to pause and meditate on what you are reading, rather than pushing ahead for the sake of the schedule. I hope that yesterday’s thought was a challenge and encouragement. Now, let’s take a look at the second half of our text.
Section 6 part B (VAU)
Psa 119:44-48 So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.
And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.
I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.
And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.
My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.
The passage continues with the commitment of the psalmist to keep God’s law continually. It is a commitment to follow God’s Word, no matter the pressures that may be exerted upon him from without. He makes the bold statement that he would speak of God’s testimonies before kings, and would not be ashamed.
Throughout the Bible we have many examples of God’s people being brought before kings, or those in authority, and called upon to give an answer for their lives. It is inspiring to see the three Hebrew young men speak of their God before a wicked Nebuchadnezzar. It is a challenge when we see how the Apostle Paul preached of the testimonies of God before those who could have set him free if he would have denied the faith.
This is the mark of one who has settled in their heart, the truth of God’s Word, and the faithfulness of our God. To stand before kings no doubt meant that things would not be going well for them. We often proclaim the truth of Gods Word when it is easy. Status updates, bumper stickers, even sermons behind a pulpit are considerably easier than proclaiming God’s Word in front of someone who holds your life and liberty in their hands.
Still, we are reminded of the truth Jesus spoke to Pilot:
John 19:11a Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above:
This is the entire thought behind this passage. God and His word are greater than all human authority. The psalmist was sure of this, and so made the commitment to both public and private adherance to God’s Word.
True freedom is found in following God’s Word and obeying it. The psalmist knew that liberty was found in obedience to God. Sin is bondage, obedience is freedom. Oh that more people could recognize this truth!
However, I think it is important to recognize that the psalmist is not carrying a martyr’s complex. He is truly happy about the life he has chosen.
He uses words, in verse 47, like delight, and love. He uses them in reference to God’s Word. In the final verse he references the lifting up of his hands; a symbol of joy. He is happy to spend time in God’s Word. He delights to do God’s will. He loves to meditate on the Scriptures!
Perhaps this is the key to his decision to proclaim God’s Word before kings. He could not think of denying the God or Scriptures which he loved, and which had given him such freedom and joy!
Dear reader, is keeping God’s Word a burden to you, or a joy? Are we secretly embarrassed to proclaim the truth of Scripture before the world? Could it be that we are not actually enjoying our devotions? Perhaps it would be good to examine our heart.
God’s Word brings deliverance. God’s Word brings freedom to the captive soul. Those set free should love that which set them free. I hope that will be our attitude today.
Heavenly Father, plant within my heart a love for your Word. I recognize, Lord, that Your Word is truth, and sets the captive free. I was once in bondage to sin, but through the salvation offered through Your Son, I have been set free. Help me, Lord, to learn to delight in my Bible, and love to spend time meditating on Your Word. In Jesus name, amen.