Topic: Strength In Weakness [Wednesday December 20, 2017]
Text: Psalm 119:137-144
Key Verse: “Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights”(Psalm 119:143).
Those who would not serve God in difficult or tough times would have much to learn from the Psalmist in our reading today. Those who remember to praise their Creator only when the going is good are still miles away from understanding the dynamics of the Kingdom of God the way the Psalmist did. It is only those who do not falter in the days of trouble that enjoy an even relationship with God.
This is the sum of the Psalmist’s experience. It is also the story of the sincere follower of the Lord. The writer of the psalm, guided by the Holy Spirit, first establishes the fact that God is righteous in both what He does and in the laws He issues to instruct man. He asserts the point that God is faithful in His dealings with man. He then proceeds to declare that “Thy word is very pure: therefore, thy servant loveth it” (verse 140). Once we admit all these sacred truths, it follows that we would serve God and honour Him under any condition.
It is the reason the psalmist is “small and despised yet do not I forget thy precepts,” even when others have forgotten God’s commandments (verse 139). The true believer in Jesus Christ would not abandon God to “follow a multitude to do evil” (Exodus 23:2). He would not succumb to immoral practices or absorb the doctrines of unrighteousness even if he is the last man standing on the matter of holiness. Obeying God’s injunctions during trials, temptations and persecution would be a thing of joy for the Christian whose focus is on heaven.
It will not be the time to make ourselves unavailable for the work in the Lord’s vineyard.” Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights” (verse 143). This should be the testimony of every Christian who is conscious of the fact that he is a pilgrim here.
Thought for the day: Mighty is he whose strength is God’s law.
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