Lent 2021, Day 25 | Psalm 119:113-116

Psalm 119:113-116

113 I hate the double-minded,
    but I love your law*.
114 You are my hiding place and my shield;
    I hope in your word.
115 Depart from me, you evildoers,
    that I may keep the commandments of my God.
116 Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live,
    and let me not be put to shame in my hope!

* 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.


Reflection

There will never be a time when we have “all the information” we desire. All of the pieces of information, even if they were available, would be difficult to process. This challenge is what makes living without God even more difficult.

God has promised that “all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). What this means is that in spite of our deficits, God is able to take all that we miss into account. Therefore, even when we miss things, and we will, God does not.

The question I ask myself is this: how do I enjoy the benefits of this promise? The Psalmist reminds us that it is God’s words, and our daily consumption of it, that reminds us of what we have and what we do not have to worry about any longer.

We can find comfort in all manner of difficult situations and circumstances because we can trust God to see us through.


Commentary

Verse 113: As a thought experiment, what would be the opposite of being “double-minded”? In the implication of the phrase is that the person being labeled in this way in unreliable. They are not able to pick a path and stick with it. So, the opposite of being double-minded is being single-minded; being a person of resolve and conviction. The mistake we should avoid here is this, as followers of Christ the mind we seek to be resolved in is not our own. Rather, we should be single-minded in our resolve to do as God has commanded in his word. For it is there that God has revealed his mind to us.

Verse 114: One of the many benefits of studying and meditating on God’s word is the peace it brings. Knowing who God is and how he has promised to work in our lives is a true blessing. We have to normalize the idea that the greatest miracle is not what we can get from God, but that God has given us access to himself. He is our “hiding place and [our] shield.”

Verse 115: As we journey through this life, we must be vigilant of those who would encourage us to deviate from God’s purposes. In the simplest sense, these individuals are “evildoers.” They would ask us to substitute what we have learned about God for what they claim to know about God. This should never be. As we keep God’s commandments, we must grow in our resolve to dismiss those who would cause us to detour from where God is leading.

Verse 116: “Let me not be put to shame in my hope!” This is the call of a sincere heart. The mind of God is so much higher than ours. Because of this, we will not always understand everything God has asked us to do. In times like these we are to place our trust in God’s faithfulness and goodness. We are living with the hope that God will “uphold [us] according to [his] promise.” This is what living by faith means. We obey and leave the outcomes to God.


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