Would you attempt to qualify blindfolded? How about run a feature? I am thinking the answer is NO. It would be a silly thing to do. The outcome would be disastrous. It could easily be fatal. Amazingly many of us go through life blind and unaware of the danger. Our country has the freedom to speak the name of Jesus even though any miss it we still have that freedom. Even inside our strong churches there are far too many blind to hell and lost. I pray that our eyes would be open and that anyone reading this who are lost might have their eyes opened and call out on the LORD.
119:17 Deal bountifully with your servant, that I may live and keep your word.
Psalm 13:6 says I will sing to the LORD, because He has dealt bountifully with me. In other places this word is translated “reward”. God gives us much more good than we deserve. He blesses us with much more than we should have. As a matter of fact I have often said and thought what we call a blessing from God might not be. All the money and possessions and things we have are more likely a curse and we are too blind to realize it. Point two in this verse is “your servant”. We should be God’s and we should be a servant. The world thinks more like this, “I am my own and others are here to serve me. Ouch! What are your expectations from a servant? Do you live those expectations out? This first section of the verse sounds like a prayer that we call out to God with.
The third point in verse 17 is that we are to live out His word. What a challenge this is. As I think about the word “keep” I think two things. One being consistent and two holding tight, retaining His word. How are you doing with that?
119:18 Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.
We start this verse with a prayer also. “Dear LORD open my eyes. I admit I am blind without You allowing me to see Your truth. Help me to have the desire to serve You and obey You”. DO you look at the law as wondrous? I know of too many who do not want rules or law. That is very sad. We need them.
119:19 I am a sojourner on the earth; hide not your commandments from me!
A sojourner is a stranger. Bible Dictionary says, “a temporary inhabitant, a newcomer lacking inherited rights”. We are here on earth for a short time and then into eternity. Another prayer right out of Scripture, Dear Lord, “hide not your commandments from me!” Unless God reveals His Word we will not find it or understand it once we find it. Are you seeking after His Word with all your might?
119:20 My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times.
Can you say this verse in truth and honesty?
Soul – God creates every soul and the soul lives for eternity either with God in heaven or against God in torment and hell. The soul is the essence of a person. It is spirit. It the true depth of who we are.
Consumed – strong focus and full attention. All you can think about (side bar: “garac” is better translated as crushed, as in it breaks me to not find God’s rules and ordinances)
Longing – a strong desire, want. When our loved one is gone for a time and we have that kind of emotion
All times – not a little or sometimes or once in a while. No this is all of the time.
Now read it again! Do you have that passion for God and His Word?
119:21 You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones, who wander from your commandments.
I think this it is very clear what God thinks of those who wander from His Word and truth. Some take this lightly but we see here that He rebukes. To me, “rebuke” is a strong cutting word. I think of strong disapproval. Don’t think you are going to “get away” with it. We are talking about upsetting God here. Not a good thing to do.
119:22 Take away from me scorn and contempt, for I have kept your testimonies.
Here the writer is asking God to take away scorn and contempt. We are to keep, obey, God’s testimonies. Are you, are we? I have to say this is hard. It is hard because I fall short of God’s call to holiness and righteousness. But I do pray that God would have mercy, not that I or we are deserving but that if he does not hold back His wrath we will be destroyed. I think of the nation too and 2 Chronicles 7:14.
119:23 Even though princes sit plotting against me, your servant will meditate on your statutes.
If you are following the LORD and obeying Him and His Word there will be some kind of pressure from the world. If you are just saying “Christian” lingo and not obeying God’s Word, the devil will not care and let you go. The question is, what will you do when pressed? Will you fold under the pressure or stay the course and follow the LORD? This is a call to stay the course and stand firm in the LORD. God is tying in the importance to meditate, think deeply on God’s Word, His statutes. This is good and pleasing to Him.
119:24 Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors.
Do you delight in God and His testimonies, His Word? In other words, do you look forward to being in the Word? Do you get joy out of reading and studying the Bible? The last part on this verse is great too. Where do you get counsel from? Who do you listen to? Where do you get advice from? This is very important. Don’t just read this. Really slow down and think about it. Too often we think too shallow.
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,