137 Righteous are you, O Lord, and right are your rules.
138 You have appointed your testimonies in righteousness and in all faithfulness.
139 My zeal consumes me, because my foes forget your words.
140 Your promise is well tried, and your servant loves it.
141 I am small and despised, yet I do not forget your precepts.
142 Your righteousness is righteous forever, and your law is true.
143 Trouble and anguish have found me out, but your commandments are my delight.
144 Your testimonies are righteous forever; give me understanding that I may live.
In our humanity, our sinful humanity that is, we might think that God’s rules are just too strict, too many, too prudish, or too legalistic. Our flesh wants a few less commands and fewer guidelines. In this section, the Psalmist lets us know that these human desires are in error for God is absolutely righteous and His rules are always right. His testimonies are given in righteousness and in all faithfulness. His promises are well tried, that is, they have been tested and retested and proven to be good. We can love God’s proven word.
When we realize just how small we are in comparison to all things, we can remember God’s precepts and know our purpose. God’s law is true. As we learned earlier, God’s words bring light into our lives and He is the only source of that light so the confirmation of the truth of that light should encourage us when others try to speak against it.
Even when troubles fill our lives, God’s commands are still true, are still right and faithful and bring us delight. I can’t think of any other source of delight when trouble and anguish find me. All other sources are based in man or in me and have crumbled. Only the Lord in His word is so true and so faithful that it picks me up in trouble.
And then we learn that God’s testimonies are forever. As we understand them and place our faith in them we find life both full and now and forever. Why would we look anywhere else first? Nothing else is as fulfilling as God’s eternal and faithful law.
Verse 139 shows the Psalmist compassion for his enemies when they forget God’s law. He is zealous for them, that is, he longs to see even his enemies submitting to the life-giving word of God. Pray for those who strive against you that they may come under the wonderful word of God and find the life that you have found.
At the installation service on Sunday there was a photographer. He has posted his pictures and offers them for our enjoyment. They are his pictures so he asks that we be careful with them. I think you will enjoy them. http://www.whitmerstockphotos.com/Unlisted-Galleries/Events/Big-Rock-First-Baptist/n-fbgSdG/
I hope to see you tonight. We will have a great time in prayer and Bible study.
My parents have moved into my house. They are in transition stage now and trying to make things fit.
Grace for Life Bible Church
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Have a great day in the Lord,