In The Word
Read Psalm 119:49-80
Remember the word to your servant,
In which You have made me hope.
This is my comfort in my affliction,
That Your word has revived me.
The arrogant utterly deride me,
Yet I do not turn aside from Your law.
I have remembered Your ordinances from of old, O Lord,
And comfort myself.
Burning indignation has seized me because of the wicked,
Who forsake Your law.
Your statutes are my songs
In the house of my pilgrimage.
O Lord, I remember your name in the night,
And keep Your law.
This has become mine,
That I observe Your precepts.
The Lord is my portion;
I have promised to keep Your words.
I sought Your favor with all my heart;
Be gracious to me according to Your word.
I considered my ways
And turned my feet to Your testimonies.
I hastened and did not delay
To keep Your commandments.
The cords of the wicked have encircled me,
But I have not forgotten Your law.
At midnight I shall rise to give thanks to You
Because of Your righteous ordinances.
I am a companion of all those who fear You,
And of those who keep Your precepts.
The earth is full of Your lovingkindness, O Lord;
Teach me Your statutes.
You have dealt well with Your servant,
O Lord, according to Your word.
Teach me good discernment and knowledge,
For I believe in Your commandments.
Before I was afflicted I went astray,
But now I keep Your word.
You are good and do good;
Teach me Your statutes.
The arrogant have forged a lie against me;
With all my heart I will observe your precepts.
Their heart is covered with fat,
But I delight in Your law.
It is good for me that I was afflicted,
That I may learn Your statutes.
The law of Your mouth is better to me
Than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
Your hands made me and fashioned me;
Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.
May those who fear You see me and be glad,
Because I wait for Your word.
I know, O Lord, that your judgments are righteous,
And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.
O may Your loving kindness comfort me,
according to Your word to Your servant.
May Your compassion come to me that I may live,
For Your law is my delight.
May the arrogant be ashamed, for they subvert me with a lie;
But I shall meditate on Your precepts.
May those who fear You turn to me,
Even those who know Your testimonies.
May my heart be blameless in Your statutes,
So that I will not be ashamed.
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Walking In The Word
In these scriptures, David reveals a struggle he was having because he strayed from God’s commandments. He went astray, and God, in His love, corrected him. David’s comfort in his affliction was the promises God made him. David understood that if he made the proper adjustments by turning to God’s Word and seeking to learn and grow, that God would have compassion on his life and fulfill the promises to him even though he had messed up. David desired to learn, to grow, and to never stray from God again. He filled himself with the Word through reading, meditating, and even singing. He so desired to be blameless before God. His hope was that God’s favor would be restored in his life. David waited for it and received it from God. His adversaries didn’t like that; but those who feared God not only understood it, they also rejoiced in David’s restoration.
We have much to learn here. We should always seek to fill our lives with the truth of God’s Word daily through reading, meditating, and singing. This will keep us from going astray and having to endure affliction. However, it also teaches us that if we happen to go astray, we can turn to a compassionate Father in repentance and hope. We can know that we will be restored to His favor. If someone strays, the enemy is always using people to try to keep them down, but God is also using His people to encourage them to get up. If you are standing in truth, keep standing, but if you have stumbled, get up. May all of our hearts be blameless and unashamed in Christ.