141I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts.
142Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.
143Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.
144The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.
(Psalm 119:141-144, King James Version)
Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.
Why are we so often willing to settle for less than the best when the best is right at our fingertips? It seems as though the Psalmist was asking this very question. The two predominant themes of our lives, as believers, are found in verse 143. Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.
What an apt description of our life! Do we not all experience the overwhelming frustrations of this life, often almost overcome by our troubles and anguish. Yet, has God changed? Is His Word of no effect? Even in the darkest of hours, God's Word shines bright and clear. We have only to look upon His Word and be reminded that nothing in this life can truly overwhelm or conquer the children of God.
Though we are in this world, we are not of this world. We know that in the time pre-ordained by God, all of this life will stop, but eternity will stretch before us forever. Should we not then be more concerned by our eternal state than with the things of this world?
We are all familiar with these truths, but seem to take so little time pondering them and applying them to our lives. The trappings of this world have a great hold upon our lives, and often the realities of life given to us in God's Word seem to be so very far away. It is good, then, for us to stop and meditate upon the plain teachings of the Bible. Psalm 119 is filled with riches and reminders of God's great goodness to us, and His great, unending love.
Let us, then, turn off the TV, put down the book, and find a quiet corner to relax and meditate upon God's Word. Truly He has not left us without the means to read and study His Word, nor has He removed Himself from us. By His grace may we turn from our sins which so easily beset us and seek His help and His face that we might live our lives in a manner that is pleasing to Him. Let us take time to bring all of our troubles and concerns to Him in prayer, knowing that He loves to hear and answer the prayers of His dear children.
This life is but a shadow--a small wrinkle in the fabric of time, but our dear Lord and Savior has given to us everlasting righteousness. Let us, then, boldly live our lives for the honor and glory of God, looking unto Him to bring us into His eternal courts where we will live with Him forever!
Trouble and anguish have been over for the writer of this Psalm for over 2000 years, and yet those 2000 years are but a day in the courts of heaven. Let us lift our voices in praise to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.
Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!
God Bless You,