As the psalmist nears the end of his lengthy outpouring of praises and petitions to God in Psalm 119:161-168, he lays bare before God his struggles with persecutors. He relies upon God’s Word and character to uphold him. “Powerful people harass me without cause, but my heart trembles only at your word. I rejoice in your word like one who discovers a great treasure.“(161-2) He knows that God’s Word contains power to overcome and sustain. He considers it a treasure. He also discovered that as he called upon God throughout the day he received peace and had strength to face the tough circumstances he encountered. ” I will praise you seven times a day because all your regulations are just. Those who love your instructions have great peace and do not stumble. (164-5) The psalmist concludes with what he knows about God. He is the one who saves. “I long for your rescue, Lord, so I have obeyed your commands.” (166) God knows him intimately and loves his obedience. “Yes, I obey your commandments and laws because you know everything I do.” (168)
Is God’s Word a treasure for you? Do you gain power to overcome by reading and meditating upon it’s truths? Do you pray throughout the day reminding yourself of the sustaining power of the Holy Spirit? Do you find peace? Do you obey and trust God because you know His character? Do you know that He knows you personally? Can you join the psalmist in obedience to God’s Word because of who He is and what He does? The psalmist trusted God in all things and called upon Him throughout his day in faith. Faith is defined in Hebrews 11:1 and 6 “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.” “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” Making God real involves faith in who He is and what He has done for us in Jesus. Pleasing God involves seeking Him and accepting the gift of faith in Jesus. He promises sincere seeking will be rewarded by faith.
Walking by faith in God and His Word is the psalmists answer to life’s problems, may it be mine also.