Psalm 119 – TETH, JOD
The psalmist tells us that the negative situations he is facing are a good thing, they have given him the chance to learn about the grace and goodness of God. He is thankful that ill had befallen him – how many people outside of God can say the same? I love that God gives us situations that we can learn from. Since everything is in His plan, we can trust that every tear we shed is a part of a bigger plan for our lives, though we may not see or understand it. In looking back at some of the bad decisions I’ve made in life, I can see now years later how they had given me valuable learning, though they were painful at that time. My past choices have somehow led me closer to God and to a hunger for His word today.
We see the word “afflicted” again in v.75, a word which I normally associate with something negative, like some disease or contagion that greatly affects the person contracted. This makes me think of the story of Job here, where he had to suffer from many ailments and challenges yet kept his faithfulness to God. I’m so thankful that I live in a country that allows me to spend my days without having my faith so tested (so far!). This also makes me very curious if I could rise to the challenge and remain faithful and keep living for God if terrible things began to happen to test that faith. I believe you grow in faith through the challenges God puts in front of you, but are you able to grow without these challenges?
Psalm 119:65-80TETH.65 Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O Lord, according unto thy word. 66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments. 67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word. 68 Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes. 69 The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart. 70 Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law. 71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. 72 The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.JOD.73 Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments. 74 They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word. 75 I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me. 76 Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant. 77 Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight. 78 Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts. 79 Let those that fear thee turn unto me, and those that have known thy testimonies. 80 Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.