“May Your unfailing love come to me, O Lord, Your salvation according to Your promise;
then I will answer the one who taunts me, for I trust in Your Word.
Do not snatch the Word of Truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in Your laws.
I will always obey Your law, for ever and ever.
I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out Your precepts.
I will speak of Your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame,
for I delight in Your commands because I love them.
I lift up my hands to Your commands, which I love, and I meditate on Your decrees.” -Psalm 119:41-48 (Waw)
This is a love letter to our King. The psalmist has tasted and seen that the Lord is good. His Word is sweeter than honey. This is also a prayer for God to hold him fast especially under persecution. He prays for the Lord to never take the truth away from him. This is where he is happiest and content despite the arrows that fly around him. He will not lose heart as long as God is with him.
We serve a loving and merciful God. He keeps His promises, reminding us of the truths we’ve been taught. He calls us not just to obey Him but to learn to delight in Him as well. The Westminster Shorter Catechism asks, “What is the chief end of man?” Answer: The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. The psalmist is an example of how we live this out even when others turn against us. We are not deterred- God is still worthy of our worship at all times. The psalm writer is not ashamed of His God but speaks of Him whenever he has opportunity. Likewise, we cannot keep such goodness to ourselves, but must tell others what God has done through the Gift of His Son, Jesus, for our eternal redemption. By delighting in God’s wonders and His Word, sharing the Gospel and preaching it to ourselves each day, we glorify our Father and enjoy His Greatest Gift, Jesus Christ.
Grace upon grace,