Psalm 119:49

Psalm 119:49

“Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope.”

God has promised us eternal life in Christ. Clearly He doesn’t forget His own word, so what is meant here? David is bolstering his own faith with this prayer. He is reminding himself that when unbelief prevails and doubt arises, there is a need to stir ourselves to believe what’s true. And, it is a good practice to ask God for things. Even though He is sovereign, and we know He remembers His word to us, it is good for us to humble ourselves and ask for help.

Psalm 119:48

Psalm 119:48

“I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.”

The lifting of hands is an expression of worship, and a gesture of great esteem. The Psalmist lifts His hands, embracing God’s commandments, signifying his earnest desire to observe them.

One way to ensure that we obey is to meditate on God’s word. Rolling over a single verse in your mind and thinking about the myriad applications both vertically and horizontally is a fruitful exercise. Any time we can focus our attention on God for long periods is time well-spent.

Psalm 119:47

Psalm 119:47

“For I find my delight in your commandments, which I love.”

God’s word is something the Christian finds to be beautiful, and His commands bring us joy. However, the reality in a fallen world is that we don’t always love Him or His word. Thankfully, Christ did, and was able to not only obey perfectly, but also love perfectly. If you know your own heart well, this is nothing short of miraculous. Of course, it is supernatural, because He is.

Thank the Lord today that He is growing you in delighting in His commandments. Thank Him especially that you will not be judged based on your ability to do that, but on Christ’s perfect obedience, which stands in your place.

Psalm 119:46

Psalm 119:46

“I will also speak of your testimonies before kings, and shall not be put to shame.”

David most likely did this before Saul, the King of Achish, and the Princes of the Philistines all before he became King. And when he was a King himself, when other Kings came to visit him, instead of talking only about the affairs of the state, he probably spoke of God’s testimonies.

This is how our lives need to reflect God’s glory. Not everyone is called to be in the ministry full-time. But, we are all called to be using the various positions we have been given in our families, at work, with our kids activities, and with our neighbors to share the gospel.

Psalm 119:45

Psalm 119:45

“And I shall walk in a wide place, for I have sought your precepts.”

In obeying God’s commands, the Psalmist will not feel himself constrained. He is walking in freedom because inclination, not constraint makes him obey the Lord. He seeks God’s precepts, and loves God’s word, delighting in the peace that comes from walking with Him.

The Christian loves God, realizes their own nothingness, repents and believes in Christ, and esteems Christ because of their helplessness. This person will follow the Lord, obeying Him, but not feeling constrained by His word. To this one, God’s word is freeing and beautiful, and brings life and joy and peace.

Psalm 119:44

Psalm 119:44

“I will keep your law continually, forever and ever.”

The Psalmist here is not saying that he will keep God’s law perfectly. His focus is on the constancy of His effort. We will all inevitably fail at keeping God’s law. None of us can obey perfectly, but the believer is marked by turning back to the Lord after stumbling.

Psalm 119:43

Psalm 119:43

“And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for my hope is in your rules.”

It is very easy when persecution comes to deny the truth. As a result, David here prays that he would remain steadfast in not only believing, but saying that he believes outwardly. This first and foremost must be the case in our prayer life. We need to pray and we need to not despair and simply listen to ourselves. Silence in terms of our communication with God reveals unbelief. Prayer shows that our hope is in Him and His rules.

Psalm 119:42

Psalm 119:42

“Then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me, for I trust in your word.”

This refers back to verse 41, and is truly the unanswerable answer. When God gives us salvation, and when we are confident that He loves us in Christ, we are at total peace. There is nothing greater than being in good standing with the Creator of the universe. When we have this eternal confidence, we are ready to answer the objections of those who oppose us.

Psalm 119:41

Psalm 119:41

“Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord, your salvation according to your promise.”

The Psalmist is here asking to experience and know God’s mercy and favor. Specifically, according to the latter half of the verse, the hope of mercy held out in the word of God.

Our ideas of what God is like have to be grounded in the gospel. The myriad false gospels which are prevalent today are often what confuse us. So, if we think of God as merely a cosmic genie, who is simply there to grant our wishes, we’ll be very disappointed with our lives. However, if we understand that God has already given us way more than we deserve, we’ll be filled with joy and thankfulness.

Psalm 119:40

Psalm 119:40

“Behold, I long for your precepts; in your righteousness give me life!”

The Psalmist continues with requests for help in desiring God. When we enjoy the sweetness of God’s word, it will make us long for a deeper relationship with Him. This should resonate with every believer reading this, because the very opposite is true as well. In other words, when we ignore Him, we struggle to have an interest in His ways. When we pridefully skip our time with Him in the morning, our desires turn inward. We aren’t spiritually mature enough to start off any day without grounding ourselves in His word and in prayer.