22Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies.
23Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.
24Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counselors.
(Psalm 119:21-24, King James Version)
The Psalmist is faced with one of the most common dilemas--no matter what he did, someone was not pleased. When faced with that kind of a scenario, how do we choose the best way?
Some people are born to please others; nothing makes them happier than pleasing their friends, their families, their neighbors, etc. However, because life is the way it is, it does not take long until a choice needs to be made, for, in pleasing some, they offend others. What are they to do?
According to verse 22, what choice did the Psalmist make? Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies. His decisions were not without difficulties, for we are told that princes condemned him. Are we ready to make the kind of sacrifice which could cost us our lives? If our king or rulers demanded a certain action that is contrary to God's law, are we ready to obey God at all costs.
Most of us live in relative peace--at least peace from religious persecution. However, the scene is slowly changing. It will not be long in the United States, for example, until Christians, due to their stand on certain issues, will be accused of hate crimes. The lines are already being drawn, and not all who claim to be Christians are taking the same stance. Many are willing to compromise saying that the Bible was written during a different time period when the local cultures demanded certain things that are not an issue today.
How did the Psalmist make a determination as to the rightness or wrongness of his decisions? The Psalmist meditated upon the Word of God, delighting in its teaching. When a choice needed to be made, he was ready to side with God's Word. He knew that, ultimately, God would rebuke the proud who would be cursed because they erred in God's commandments.
As the world political climate continues to shift away from even believing that God exists, much less obeying His commandments, have we been undergirded enough with the Word of God to understand the best way to act in each given situation? It is our responsibility before God to read, study, and meditate upon the Word of God, so that we are ready to given an answer.
15But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: (1 Peter 3:15, King James Version)Go, today, and choose the best way, dedicating your heart, your life, and your actions to God our Father. For He alone, holds the keys of knowledge; He alone, will rebuke the wicked and bring the righteous into His kingdom to live with Him forever!
God Bless You,