Psalm 119 - Gimel (Finding Answers To Our Problems)
Be good to your servant while I live, that I may obey your word.
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.
I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me.
My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times.
You rebuke the arrogant, who are accursed, those who stray from your commands.
Remove from me their scorn and contempt, for I keep your statutes.
Though rulers sit together and slander me, your servant will meditate on your decrees.
Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.
It is hard to live in a foreign land when we are not familiar with the rules and customs of the people. The Psalmist found himself a “stranger on earth” because he could not understand what was expected of him. What should I do? Why can’t I do things right? Why am I always wrong?
It is especially painful if you get punished for wrongs you’ve unknowingly committed. Further, he was facing difficult people, the “arrogant” and “rulers” he couldn’t deal with. The Psalmist didn’t retaliate against these people but asked God to “be good” to him, to give him space and let him breathe. You can avoid such people, but you cannot hide from them if they are looking for you. It’s one against many; we can never win. Even if we win the battles, we lose the relationships. Ask God to be good to you.
The Psalmist didn’t go head on with “those who stray from your (God’s) commands” because that would be a waste of time. He would rather “meditate on your (God’s) decrees”. He let his soul be consumed with longing desire for God’s words at all times. Do we long to read His words and understand His will? The Psalmist asked God to open his eyes. Instead of spending time on the battlefields, he spent time meditating on God’s words.
Today, we can go by each day receiving lots of information from the phone and Internet. These distract us from His words and saturate our minds, leaving no room for Him. That has been my struggle, but I will try to put away the battles in my life and concentrate on my Bible studies and prayers. I will let God be my counsellor. Each battle will resolve at its own timing. With God, nothing is impossible.
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit.