Bible Reading: Psalm 119.153-160
Psalm 119: 153-160
Look upon my affliction and rescue me, For I do not forget Your law. Plead my cause and redeem me; Revive me according to Your word. Salvation is far from the wicked, For they do not seek Your statutes. Great are Your mercies, O Lord; Revive me according to Your ordinances. Many are my persecutors and my adversaries, Yet I do not turn aside from Your testimonies. I behold the treacherous and loathe them, Because they do not keep Your word. Consider how I love Your precepts; Revive me, O Lord, according to Your lovingkindness. The sum of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.
Today’s selection is not unlike the stanza I recently had the privilege to comment on. Some might see these similarities as redundant. I prefer to use another “R” word to describe the approach; reinforcement. Instead of viewing the parallels as unnecessary repetition, I see the purpose of the author as to make stronger the message he strives to convey.
I love how verse 160 begins…”The sum of Your word is truth…” The sum, the totality, the utmost degree of His word is truth. And what is truth? Jesus tells us in John 14:6; “I am the way, and the truth…” Can there be any doubt that the entire bible is about anything but our Lord and Savior? Not for me. No matter where I go in God’s precious Word, all paths lead to Jesus Christ. If you have yet to make the decision to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior I encourage you to do it now. The fact that you’re taking the time to read these words tells me that, at the very least, you are curious about taking this step. Curiosity can be a good thing. It can lead one to further exploration. And Jesus teaches us in Matthew 5:6 that “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
There is one more “R” word I’d like to mention. Three times the psalter uses the phrase “Revive me…” First, as it relates to God’s word, then to His laws, and finally to His benevolent kindness. All believers should be purposeful in reviving, or renewing their consciousness of these wonderful gifts from our Heavenly Father. This brings to mind a familiar verse of scripture; Romans 12:2…”And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” In closing this “R”-word themed devotional, may I suggest that you allow the above-referenced scriptures to resonate and ripple within your heart and within your mind. Have a great day!
Weekly Memory Verse: The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119.130