Psalm 119:17-24 GIMEL: “Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.
Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
I am a stranger in the earth; hide not thy commandments from me.
My soul breaketh for (is crushed with) the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.
Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.
Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies.
Princes also did sit and speak against me; but thy servant did mediate in thy statutes.
Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counselors.”
The joys of serving the Lord are beyond measure, but often in the midst of persecution or a season of lack we may not also feel blessed or feel like the chosen that we are. Which is why this verse reminds us that his testimonies are our delight and they are our “counselors”, helping us and giving us direction especially in the face of our enemies who ridicule and accuse us and God wants us to focus on Him, not on their actions especially when it seems like that have it “made” in life and it appears that they just run on forever being cruel, wicked, and unkind but God tells us often in his word that he sees all of this and even though it may appear that they are somehow rewarded, in reality if they do not change this life will be only life they have because they will be condemned to an eternal hell and in that thought you will actually feel sorry for them and here is his word on how to deal with that.
Psalm 37:1-18: “Fret not (do not be concerned with) thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
For they shall soon be cut down like grass, and wither as the green herb.
TRUST IN THE LORD, and do good; so shall thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
DELIGHT THYSELF ALSO IN THE LORD; AND HE SHALL GIVE THEE THE DESIRES OF THINE HEART.
Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment (justice) as noonday.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him; fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices (schemes) to pass.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; fret not thyself in any wise (way) to do evil.
For evildoers shall be cut off (destroyed); but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth .
For yet a little while, and the wicked shall NOT be; yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
The wicked plotteh against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
The Lord shall laugh at him; for he seeth that his day is coming.
The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and the needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation (conduct).
Their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken. A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.
For the arms (forces of control) of the wicked shall be broken; but the Lord UPHOLDETH the righteous.
THE LORD KNOWETH THE DAYS OF THE UPRIGHT; AND THEIR INHERITANCE SHALL BE FOR EVER.”
Φλογιζω NBJ 2020/ Rev. Nina Brown Johnson