121I have done judgment and justice: leave me not to mine oppressors.
122Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.
123Mine eyes fail for thy salvation, and for the word of thy righteousness.
124Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.
(Psalm 119:121-124, King James Version)
If the Psalmist has done what is good and just, why does he plead with God to not allow the proud to oppress him? Is it not enough, in this life, that we are good? That is an interesting question, for, truthfully, this world is not comfortable with those who are truly good.
We are fallen creatures who, apart from the grace of God, are comfortable with our sin. When in the company of those who seem to have a better or more moral character than ours, we are more prone to try to bring them down to our level rather than to attempt to rise to meet them. That is why one is more likely, when at the movies, to see a main character who is a combination of "naughty and nice," rather than truly good.
Even as believers, our sin natures are so predominant that we need to constantly be on our guard. Perhaps that is just what the Psalmist had in mind when he said, "Mine eyes fail for thy salvation, and for the word of thy righteousness. Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes."
There lies the good news. The battle is not ours to fight unassisted, but rather, God is available to guide us, shepherd us, and keep us from the sins which would so easily beset us. Not only has God provided salvation from the penalty our sins deserve, through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, but He is present 24/7.
Let us then, like the Psalmist, apply to Christ to teach us His Word and His Precepts. May we, by His grace, find ourselves continually searching out the Scriptures, applying them to our daily lives. It is no wonder that Paul, in Ephesians 6, compared our walk with the Lord to a soldier, constantly preparing to do battle with his enemies.
13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (Ephesians 6:13-17, King James Version)
Go, today, in the strength and power of the Lord, as a soldier, armed and ready to do battle for Christ's kingdom!
God Bless You,