57 The Lord is my portion;
I promise to keep your words*.
58 I entreat your favor with all my heart;
be gracious to me according to your promise.
59 When I think on my ways,
I turn my feet to your testimonies;
60 I hasten and do not delay
to keep your commandments.
* Through these reflections, those phrases that identify God’s word, revelation, or law will be highlighted in the text in the hopes of accentuating the many and varied ways we can visualize what God has given to us for our good.
When our lives are dependent on who God is rather than on what provides, we will find it easier to live in and through difficult circumstances. We are no longer slaves to the events of life, whether good or bad.
The reality of God’s provision is too often tied to material things. While God can and has provided for people in physical ways, the deeper promise is to give us himself. To open the doors of his throne room and allow us in.
To be a child of God is to have access to the only one who can free us from the trials and tribulations of this broken world. This is why we must rely upon God’s word as a guide and teacher. It prepares us for and positions in the right mindset to live with God.
Verse 57: The link between God’s sustaining power and our faithful obedience should not be overlooked. When we live in accord to God’s commands we become the beneficiaries of God’s very person. This is one of the reasons we are instructed by Jesus to pray for “daily bread.” We are to depend upon God first. If he provides for us through supernatural means (like manna from the sky) or through natural means (like a good job) we are to give God thanks for his presence.
Verse 58: One of the many comforts of a relationship with God is how we are able to approach God. We are not cut off from God. We are able to approach God and to be heard by him. This is comforting because it means that God’s discipline will not be punitive. It will not destroy us. When we know God’s love, we can have peace of mind regarding how God will deal with us when we have faltered in our daily living.
Verse 59: Self reflection is an important and underutilized practice. We don’t have to take a negative view of ourselves to know we still have a lot to learn. Having this awareness is a powerful reminder of how much we need God’s word. The more time we spend in it, the clearer our understanding of what we need to address in our lives. Perfection is not the goal of the journey of faith. Maturity is the goal. And this, to put it plainly, means living according to who God is and who we are.
Verse 60: Diligence is a word that should define our interaction with God’s word. We should not just know the contents of Scripture. We should be striving to align our thoughts and action to what they teach. The connection between knowledge and practice should be strengthened as we grow on this journey toward God.