“I have suffered much; preserve my life, O LORD, according to Your Word.” -Psalm 119:107
This verse seems out of place after declaring praise and allegiance to God’s Word in the previous two verses. But the psalmist is recalling his bittersweet past, perhaps not so distant past, and God’s faithfulness to him. He still prays for the Lord’s continued deliverance as he well knows afflictions and spiritual warfare roll in and out like the ocean tide. He is banking his trust on God’s promises, according to His Word. Although this verse is a plea for continued help, the psalmist is assured God will not fail him. We can also rest in this truth. God never breaks His promises, He is completely faithful, full of grace and mercy toward redeemed sinners. Each breath we take is under His loving care. The Christian’s soul is forever preserved because Jesus willingly and obediently suffered in our place. We will suffer in our various trials for a little while on earth. The Bible says we are to expect hardship. If we are to share in Jesus’ glory we will also share in His suffering, whether it comes through forms of persecution or the everyday irritants meant for our sanctification. But it is nothing compared to the eternal weight of glory we will enjoy one day at Home. Praise God!
Grace upon grace,
‘If thou but suffer God to guide thee’ hymn by Georg Neumark
Growing deeper: 2 Corinthians 4:7-5:10; Isaiah 43:1-7; 1 Peter 4:12-19