Psalm 119 – PE, TZADDI
God’s words are the light in our darkness, and as complex as He is, they have been given to us in a way that we can understand. Praying to God to be merciful is something we all want God to grace us with, yet when we actually stop and think of the mercy and justice we have earned, it may be less appealing to think of what judgements we have brought upon ourselves. The real mercy is in God’s forgiveness when we ask it of Him. The grace Christ provided us was when He took all those sins we deserve to face judgement for, and took the punishment upon himself.
For God to order the psalmists steps, he means for God to set him straight on the path of God’s plan and asks for help avoiding possible damaging distraction from that path. I too need God’s intervention more than I want to admit, He has this perfect path for me but I am so easily distracted…I can imagine it’s like trying to set an ant on a line drawn in the ground and expecting the ant to stay on path, but instead watching as the clueless creature goes every which way but the way to the treasure trove of treats at the end. I am that ant, and I need God to daily re-set my feet on the path.
God’s word is eternal and unchanging, it doesn’t fluctuate based on a mood or emotion of the moment. No matter what troubles face us we can always rely on Him. I am guilty of relying on myself too much, and the Lord too little, and am praying for that to change.
Psalm 119:129-144PE.129 Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them. 130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. 131 I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments. 132 Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name. 133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me. 134 Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts. 135 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes. 136 Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.TZADDI.137 Righteous art thou, O Lord, and upright are thy judgments. 138 Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful. 139 My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words. 140 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it. 141 I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts. 142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth. 143 Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.144 The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.