In this next portion of Psalm 119, verses 41-48, the psalmist is struggling with resolve. He is troubled by those that question his faith and he wants to have an answer for them. He wants to be faithful to God’s Word. Look at the number of I will’s he states. He really wants to use God’s Word and live it!
41 May your unfailing love come to me, Lord,
your salvation, according to your promise;
42 then I can answer anyone who taunts me,
for I trust in your word.
43 Never take your word of truth from my mouth,
for I have put my hope in your laws.
44 I will always obey your law,
for ever and ever.
45 I will walk about in freedom,
for I have sought out your precepts.
46 I will speak of your statutes before kings
and will not be put to shame,
47 for I delight in your commands
because I love them.
48 I reach out for your commands, which I love,
that I may meditate on your decrees.
In verses 41 and 42 the psalmist is asking God for his help so he can reply to those who would taunt him for or about his faith. He asked God to give him an answer from His Word to reply to his tormentors. Peter also tells us in 1 Peter 3:15 “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,” We are to always be prepared to talk about Jesus and the hope we have in Him. Does that describe your attitude towards telling others about Jesus, and what He has done for you? We are not to brag or boast over our privileged position as a child of God but to convey our love for others, our concern about their future and our belief that life with Jesus frees us from sin and all the baggage this world heaps upon us. Jesus has and is the answer to the world’s problem of sin as He alone is the redeemer.
Just like the psalmist, you can ask God to give you the words to say in reply to naysayers. We need to stand firm and boldly speak of Jesus. He will give you the words, just as He has promised. Keep studying and learning about God and He will reveal more and more about Himself. Remember 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” God’s Word equips us for every good work and gives us replies to those who would question our faith.
It is a blessing and a comfort to be prepared.