73Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.
74They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.
75I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.
76Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.
(Psalm 119:73-76, King James Version)
As we continue our devotional series on "First Love," from the Psalms we hear the Psalmist thanking God for His faithful afflictions. What great faith is this? When in the middle of the trials and difficulties of this life do we remember to thank God for His faithful afflictions? Most of us are too busy crying out to God to end our afflictions to even think of thanking Him for them.
Look at the depth of understanding shown by the writer of Psalm 119. Understanding that no one knows Him like his Creator, he cries out to God, Give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments. The secret to a successful life, according to our writer lies in our abilities to learn and apply the commandments of God to our lives.
Should we not then diligently apply ourselves to the study of God's Word? If the secret to a successful and happy life lies in our knowledge of Scripture, then nothing should be more important to learn! Unfortunately, Christians have been too guilty of flying to the world's understanding, seeking knowledge in the foremost colleges and universities. One can hardly expect to have any sort of success without at least one degree, can they?
While seeking out the knowledge of the world and applying it to our vocation for this life is not a bad thing, to do so, apart from God's Word, is devastating for the believer. No worldly knowledge can replace the pure, unadulterated, living Word of God! No matter what our worldly estate--whether great or small, may we find ourselves returning again and again to the Word of God, seeking out its meaning and applying its truths to every fabric of our being.
Our time one this earth, though it seems endless while we are still in our teen years, is actually just a breath in time--a vapor. In contrast, eternity stretches out before us. Christ came to this earth, spent Himself for us, and suffered the agony of our sins so that we are not bound to the corruption of this earth, but have a way of escape which leads us to life everlasting.
Let us, in our desire to gain everything we can from our life on this earth, not escape the greater eternal life that awaits all who fall to Christ for life. He is our Hope, our Joy, our Comforter, and our Redeemer. In Christ alone dwells all the riches of life everlasting.
Thank God for faithful afflictions which turn our hearts away from the things of this earth and point them to Christ our only true God and King.
God Bless You,