Psalm 119:137-144 NIV
137 Righteous are you, O LORD, and your laws are right. 138 The statues you have laid down are righteous; they are fully trustworthy. 139 My zeal wears me out, for my enemies ignore your words. 140 Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them. 141 Though I am lowly and despised. I do not forget your precepts. 142 Your righteousness is everlasting and your law is true. 143 Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands are my delight. 144 Your statues are forever right; give me understanding that I may live.
I have been meditating on this psalm for a few weeks now. As we go through this consecration week and prepare to enter our new building I encourage all of us to meditate on this psalm; even those who are not Metro members but love us and love Gods word I encourage you to seek his word and live! When you read this psalm one could not help but feel the power and passion of Gods word in this text. David shares three things in this psalm:
His perception of God and His word
His confession of his weakness and those who ignore Gods word
And the call to not forget Gods righteousness that lives in his word.
If you look at the life of all those who lived by God’s standards, every one of them were tested with Gods promises. And even though in the beginning there was no physical bible; the Word still existed (John 1:1, 2). Our LORD has been righteous and remains righteous to this day. His very statues have been laid down since the beginning of time; and that statue is to obey his word. Adam and Eve were commanded not to eat from the tree of knowledge, thus they disobeyed his word and the punishment was death. Was God righteous in this judgment? Yes, and even in our present age if He gives us a word and we do not obey it we will have the same consequences, thus it will be eternal. God is trustworthy folks. He is right, yet we still choose to test his word.
David said that his zeal wears out when his enemies ignore Gods word. Rebellion is the key to spiritual self-destruction. Sometimes we want to do our own thing. Sometimes we want to test sin. Sometime we just straight up forget that we need God! When we lay eyes on the opposite sex we sometimes think that if we just fornicate once we will not surely die. Or if we look at our tax papers and think if we just cheat once we will not surely go to jail. All these sins have been tested and proven unrighteous; therefore the punishment still lives. And God still lives in his promises that the wages of sin are death (Rom 6:23), and that cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great king, “says the LORD Almighty, “and my name is to be feared among the nations.” (Mal 1:14) If we look at the context here it is more than just flocks and animals God is speaking about. God is saying that he brings catastrophe on those who are disobedient to his word, and for that they experience the consequences of their ungodly choices. We reap what we sow folks (Gal 6:7-8). But even in the midst of the peoples’ sins, including his own sins, King David, God’s servant still loves Gods word that has been thoroughly tested.
Even when the world despises us, even when our job despises us, even when our wives, husbands and children despise us, we must not forget His precepts. His righteousness is everlasting and his law is true! Even when trouble and distress come upon us we must remember that his word is our delight. We must delight in Gods word like it is our very meal folks. You can eat big mac delights everyday if you want to...but I would rather fast once a week and let God fill me with his everlasting and nurturing word.
His statues are forever right! We need his word and his understanding so that we can live. Or else we would just repeat other peoples’ mistakes. Sure we are going to sin, but when you’re in your word you understand that grace covers you. You understand that the heart of man is made wicked and that a man can make his own plans but the Lord gives the right answer. We can’t believe everything man says, but one thing we can be sure of is that the Word of God is trustworthy and righteous and he will forever be righteous in Jesus name Amen! Let’s not be like the enemies of David. Saul and his army went to witchcraft when they should have sought God for the forgiveness of their sins. David’s son Absalom revolted against his father and tried to take over the throne, but was killed by Joab, David's army commander. Another son of David, Adonijah, was also killed soon after David died. Let’s not repeat these mistakes. Lets not be a (body) family that turns on each other. Saul and David are like the church issues we are facing today (he that has an ear). David also understood this battle in Romans 7:7-25, that we all struggle with sin. So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. And you don’t even need ears for that one; seek God and live! You can’t do it on your own. Even the men and women who tried will stand to testify against you in the end. The Queen of the south will be there along with King Solomon. The Spirit of the Lord is calling out for you to come and lay your burdens down...this is all so that you may gain some understanding and live...