153Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law.
154Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.
155Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes.
156Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thy judgments.
(Psalm 119:153-156, King James Version)
As I read through this section from Psalm 119, I thought of how approachable God is to His people. The Psalmist reached out to God and said, "Consider!" He had every right to know and believe that he was not too small or too insignificant for God to notice. We cannot begin to understand the great love that God has for each and every one of His children.
Being so tied to the things of this earth that we do not often go to God first, we tend to try every plan conceivable, to work out our difficulties and then, when all has failed, go to God. In so doing, we often forget the bigger picture; we forget that even the difficulties and afflictions we face are allowed by God for a specific purpose. We are never outside of His hand of care. God works through all of the events and happenings of this life to mold us and make us more like Christ, and to bring us closer to Him.
The Psalmist was not afraid to approach God with pleas for help, expecting a positive response. For the Psalmist remembered God's Word. "I do not forget thy law . . . quicken me according to thy word." The wicked do not have this tender relationship with God. Why? "Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes."
Being a believer is more than just making a decision for Christ. Rather, it is a complete reversal of the way we think, act, and respond to the things of this life. As we read and understand God's Word, we see the sin and degradation of man, and the response of God, both to the sinner and to the one who cries out to Him for salvation. There we see judgment and justice, as well as love and grace. How can we be confident of these things? We are confident of these things because we read and study them in God's Word.
God has not left us without hope, but has provided a means for us to learn more of Him and to grow in the grace and knowledge of the reality of this life. He has provided Bible believing churches where we can meet and fellowship with others, be fed through the faithful preaching of God's Word, and reach out to the lost with the same message of faith and hope we have come to love. And, He has given us His Holy Bible, complete with everything we need to know to love Him and live for Him.
Go to Christ, pray for your own growth in knowledge and understanding of Him, and read the Word of God daily. Find in Christ the true Pearl of Great Price!
"Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thy judgments."
God Bless You,