Wow – we’ve been at this for 22 weeks and now we’ve arrived at the last section of Psalm 119. Back in December when we started, it seemed like a long project. Now looking back, it’s hard to believe that six months have passed. It is my fervent prayer that these weekly meditations have encouraged, inspired and strengthened your faith and your relationship with the Holy One of Israel.
O Lord, listen to my cry; give me the discerning mind You promised.
Listen to my prayer; rescue me as You promised.
Let praise flow from my lips, for You have taught me Your decrees.
Let my tongue sing about Your Word, for all Your commands are right.
Give me a helping hand for I have chosen to follow Your commandments.
O Lord, I have longed for Your rescue, and Your instructions are my delight.
Let me live so I can praise You and may Your regulations help me.
I have wandered away like a lost sheep; come and find me for I have not forgotten Your commandments.
Psalm 119: 169 – 176
David’s love for God’s Word has been the central theme running throughout this entire psalm. In this closing section, he repeats that love and calls upon the Lord to save him – in reality, to save him from himself. With humility, he acknowledges freely, ‘I have wandered away like a lost sheep; come and find me…’ Couldn’t we all echo that sentiment?
All of us, the scriptures say in another psalm, have wandered away; all of us from time to time fall off the path of righteousness and need to be restored. The great King David knew that well and did not pride himself on his kingship, his palace, his achievements. His joy was in studying and knowing the Word of God. His desire was to praise God at all times; to sing for joy about God’s Word and His promises. He danced energetically before the Lord, you may remember, and spent hours in God’s presence, even as king with all the responsibilities that entailed.
We may look around our world today and justifiably be alarmed at the immoral and amoral condition of much of society and think, perhaps, that in such a time as this, who can rejoice? David knew better. A careful study of his life shows us that it was no picnic. He had mortal enemies; he fought vicious battles; he struggled with temptation and even fell into sin. His was no easy life but through it all, David had this one abiding trait: he praised God with a fervent heart. As I’ve said before, it is no wonder that God Himself called David ‘a man after my own heart.’
David knew something we all must know. God’s love is unconditional, unchanging and eternal. It does not depend on our behavior but on His covenant faithfulness. Yes, as a faithful Father, He will discipline us when we go astray so that we will learn and come back to intimate fellowship with Him. David experienced this several times throughout his life and so do we.
In the end, what mattered to King David more than anything else was His personal and intimate relationship with his God.
In the end that is what should matter to us as well.
Power, wealth, status, prestige, achievements – none of those go with us into the next world. Only – ONLY – our personal relationship with our God and the life we live because of that relationship will follow us into eternity. Someone has said that the only true way to live a successful life is to understand the brevity of our time on earth and the vastness of the eternal life awaiting us in the world to come.
As we come to an end of this particular set of meditations, my prayer for all of us is that our love for God’s Word, our passion to obey Him and live in intimate relationship with Him will rival that of King David so that the Lord can look at you and me and whisper to Himself, ‘There is another man/woman after my own heart.’
Blessings abundant to you and yours.
NOTE: There will be no posting next week but I will begin a new series on Tuesday, June 21st. There is still time for you to let me know if there is a particular book of the Bible or biblical topic that you’d like to know more about. I am presently considering two or three possibilities and am most open to hearing back from you, my readers.
Thanks so much for being part of our bible study.