53Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.
54Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.
55I have remembered thy name, O LORD, in the night, and have kept thy law.
56This I had, because I kept thy precepts.
(Psalm 119:53-56, King James Version)
Gripped by Horror!
What a contrast the Psalmist shows between the wicked and the righteous! As the writer contemplates the true estate of the lost he is gripped by horror. How can it be that the wicked can so utterly forsake the Law of God, and yet be so clueless as to their true estate?
In contrast the Psalmist remembers that God's statutes have constituted his songs of praise, as he finds himself remembering the name of the Lord in the night. What is significant about the night? It is one thing to find peace and rest in the day, but in the darkness of the night our true estate is often demonstrated. Even when the light of day did not shine upon him, the Psalmist remembered his songs of praise to the Lord.
To what does the Psalmist attribute his consistency? He has found his hope in the Law of God, and through the help of the Lord, his ability to keep the Law. It would seem that the word, "horror" is a rather extreme word to use: Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.
How affected are we by the lack of belief and the actions of the ungodly? How concerned are we about those who forsake the Law of God? How much time do we actually devote to our lost friends and neighbors either in praying for their salvation or in bringing the good news of salvation to them?
I fear that often we are content to just let the lost be lost! As long as our hearts are right with the Lord, we are content to allow the world to go right on its way careening through their life of terror that will only end in their destruction! Rather than face possible rejection or embarrassment, we look the other way.
Yet, what did Christ tell us was the greatest commandments? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thy self. (Luke 10:27, KJV)
That is the difficulty, is it not? How do we truly love our neighbor as ourselves? Let us pray that God will grant to us such a great love for the lost that we will spend our lives working and praying for their salvation.
That may seem like an impossibility to us, but let us remember Mark 10:27: And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
That is the reason we are here; with His help, we are here to share Christ with our friends, neighbors, and acquaintances.
God Bless You,