Final post in this series.
Verses 169 to 176; Tav; The Glory, the Beauty
169. “Let my cry come before You, O Lord; give me understanding according to Your word.” I want Your words to be evident in my life. I want to be steadfast in following You. Give me understanding that roots deeply in my soul. I want this so much that I cry to You desperately for it. Do not let me settle for lesser things.
170. “Let my supplication come before You; deliver me according to Your word.” Imagine your prayer being carried by a courier into the throne room of the God of Heaven. Now pray appropriately. Pray for things that please the King, like being delivered from unholy living. Pray big things, like deliverances from persecution. Pray “impossible” things, even though you cannot begin to conceive how they can be, things like nations to be delivered from their ignorance of God’s good news in Jesus.
171. “Let my lips utter praise, for You teach me Your statutes.” This and the next verses are echoed in the hymn “Take my life and let it be,” which identifies our key body parts and assigns each the task of praising God. “Take my lips and let them be Filled with messages from Thee.” (1)
172. “Let my tongue sing of Your word, for all Your commandments are righteousness.” “Take my voice and let me sing, Always, only for my King.” (1) We were created to sing. We sing of many things, but our best songs are reserved for glory, beauty and love. Jesus was called the “Word,” let us understand that the Word of God rises above all earthly beauty and glory. “You are fairer than the sons of men.” (Psalm 45:2) Light is glorious. We are so accustomed to it that we often take it for granted, but when one considers the alternative, it makes us see. “For God, who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” We have the summation of all glory and beauty in God’s word, ultimately manifested in Jesus Christ. What is there for us to sing about other than that which finds its source in God?
173. “Let Your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen Your precepts.” In October 1971 I chose God’s word for the first time. Once is not enough. I must choose every day moment by moment basis. Holy Spirit, help me choose Your word. Help me say no to other ways.
174.”I long for Your salvation, O Lord, and Your law is my delight.” We usually think of our salvation as in the past tense. However, it is past, present and future – all three. “…you have been saved… (Ephesians 2:8) “…to us who are being saved…” (1 Corinthians 1:8) “…we shall be saved…” (Romans 5:9) In this life we have the first fruits; we know only a taste of salvation, but that taste does not completely realize the promise. So we hunger and thirst for our complete salvation to come. We long for that day, and God’s law is our legal document assuring our hope is rightful.
175. “Let my soul live that it may praise You, and let Your ordinances help me.” The purpose of life is to praise God. Let His word be your guide and your walking stick on your journey through this life to life eternal.
176. “I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Your servant, for I do not forget Your commandments.” Like the prodigal, I came to my senses and remembered Your words of forgiveness. May I not stray from Your word today. How blessed is he who walks in the law of God. (Psalm 119:1)
We have completed our meditations through Psalm 119, the psalm that extols the beauty and the glory of God’s word. Let us frequently go back to this Psalm, especially when we need to remind our soul that all our hope is contained in God’s word to us.
(1) “Take My Life and Let It Be,” hymn by Frances R. Havergal, 1874; Copyright: public domain
(3) “A walking stick is a device used by many people to facilitate balancing while walking.” It is sometimes called a “pilgrim’s staff.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walking_stick
Unless otherwise noted, scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible, 1995, The Lockman Foundation.