Psalm 119:129-136 opens with praise and awe over the amazing depth of God’s Word. Your laws are wonderful.
No wonder I obey them!
130 The teaching of your word gives light,
so even the simple can understand. So many times I have heard people say that the Bible is too hard to understand. Here the psalmist is declares that even the young or less trained can understand. How is that possible? Understanding comes from God, so with prayer, meditation, the right translation and through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit believers can read and understand that which God has for them in His Word.
131 I pant with expectation,
longing for your commands.
132 Come and show me your mercy,
as you do for all who love your name. The psalmist looks with great expectation into God’s Word. He is looking for mercy and love. These are tangible confirmations of faith for him. When you read God’s Word, do you read with expectation? Do you look for His mercy and love? Think back, when you read the Bible do you find that you are filled with peace, understanding and hope? Have you ever opened its pages seeking advice or help or comfort? The psalmist has faith that God will answer his needs and then provide him with direction.
133 Guide my steps by your word,
so I will not be overcome by evil.
134 Ransom me from the oppression of evil people;
then I can obey your commandments. He trusts in the guidance of God and knows that the Word will lead him to victory. He claims God as his guide and redeemer! He refers to being ransomed or bought back from evil. This is what Christ did for us. In Paul’s letter to Titus he puts it this way, “He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.” Titus 2:14
135 Look upon me with love;
teach me your decrees. The psalmist trusts God to look upon him with love. He knows that God is immutable and will always be loving, slow to anger and filled with compassion. He looks for teaching from God as he trusts God.
136 Rivers of tears gush from my eyes
because people disobey your instructions. The last lines of this section of Psalm 119 really spoke to me. The psalmist is proclaiming to God that he is distressed to the point of tears over those who disobey and reject God’s Word. I asked myself, does the rejection of the truth of God’s Word and His ways bring me to tears? Do I sorry for those that do not believe or those that profess to believe and do not live by the standards God desires? If I am brought to tears, then my response should be one of love and restoration not condemnation. Pray, pray, pray for the light of God to be made known to them. God has ways of reaching those who we consider unreachable. Look what He did to confront Saul, the chief persecutor of early Christians. He brought him to his knees and to faith in Jesus. Read his miraculous story in Acts 9. Lift your tears up to God and ask Him to work on the person who you are concerned about, to bring them to faith and change their life. Many times I have heard stories of people praying for individuals for years and years before they came to faith. God calls us to be persistent and filled with hope at their redemption.
God’s Word fills us with expectation, hope, love, and guidance as He points us to His truths that are eternal and filled with redemption.