Lent 2021, Day 27 | Psalm 119:121-124

Psalm 119:121-124

121 I have done what is just and right;
    do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Give your servant a pledge of good;
    let not the insolent oppress me.
123 My eyes long for your salvation
    and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise.
124 Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love,
    and teach me your statutes.

* 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

God’s faithfulness to his own promises may be the most powerful reason for trusting in God. To accept and live in the knowledge that God will do what he has said brings freedom and hope.

Disappointment can have such a crushing affect on us. It can distort our understanding of self. It can make us look at others in the worst possible light. Relationships can be forever ruined because of expectations that were not met. But how do we deal with expectations that were never really possible? Expectations that we created that were not based in truth?

This is why when I find myself being disappointed with God, I have to stop and ask: Is this something God said he would do? Or is this something that I want God to do, and because he didn’t I am now angry?

God will accomplish what he has promised. God will never accomplish what he has never promised. Both of these realities are comforting. The first because God can be trusted. The second because God cannot be manipulated.


Commentary

Verse 121: The witness of our lives is a plea with God to remember his promises. When we live in accord with God’s character we will reap the blessings that come with that. However, those who do not share our faith will find reason to come against us. In spite of this opposition, we can trust in God to safeguard us through the circumstances until we finally stand before him in heaven.

Verse 122: When God speaks, what he says must be accomplished. God has never promised anything that he has failed to provide. This is what true divine faithfulness looks like. Just because we do not always understand how God is working does not mean that he is not active and engaged in the world and in our lives.

Verse 123: It is interesting to describe the longing for salvation in the context of “seeing”. What makes this of particular interest is the way it helps us understand that whatever that salvation is, it will be something that can be seen with the eye. What will be seen will be the fulfillment of what God has promised. What the Psalmist was waiting for we have seen in Jesus.

Verse 124: God in his goodness will judge the world and discipline his children in a consistent manner. What this means is that when God acts, he cannot be accused of wrongdoing. His faithfulness to his own character is what guarantees that justice will be performed by God. Within this context, when we learn God’s statutes, we can know the standard we will be measured against.


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