Psalm 119: 58-61
I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise. I have considered my ways and have turned my steps toward your statutes. I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands. Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget your law. NIV
I’m still looking at Psalm 119.
It’s been a busy week. I haven’t made it to the store yet to get a commentary. My Bible doesn’t specifically say that David wrote this one, but, I am going to make the assumption he did.
If I’m right, and if he wrote this prior to assuming the throne, David had a very powerful promise to rely upon. God had promised that he would be the king of Israel.
As I read these words, I consider the promise that God has made to me. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” A few years ago, I read Max Lucado’s book, “The Numbers of Hope.” The entire book deconstructs and examines this promise phrase by phrase, and I found it very meaningful.
The promise that guides my life is just as real as the one that guided David’s.
In The Message, verses 59 & 60 say, “When I took a long, careful look at your ways, I got my feet back on the trail you blazed. I was up at once, didn’t drag my feet, was quick to follow your orders.” MSG
God is faithful. David knows this. And, God has a plan. David knows this, too. I love that he talks now of the trail being blazed … it is obvious to him what the next steps should be, and he is getting with the program. While I wouldn’t say that the specific trail of my life is blazed — that would be an overstatement — I am told a lot about what it is that I should do here … love God and love others. And, it is clear to me that God has a purpose for each and every one of his children. It is also very clear to me that God does not intend for me to worry.
That’s what I love about verse 61, “Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget your law.” NIV
Worry will bind you with ropes faster than anything I know. But, God’s law forbids it. I won’t forget that.
That’s what I will think about today.