Psalm 119 – Lamedh (I Am Yours)
Psalm 119:89-96 NIV
Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.
Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures.
Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you.
If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.
I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life.
Save me, for I am yours; I have sought out your precepts.
The wicked are waiting to destroy me, but I will ponder your statutes.
To all perfection I see a limit, but your commands are boundless.
The Psalmist figured out that God’s words, from then till now, have been there since the beginning and will last forever. It is unshakeable; “it stands firm in the heavens.” And God is faithful “through all generations”, from the past, to us now. Do we know how the Psalmist derived his belief that God is faithful? If God isn’t faithful, He would have changed His words and we would be lost because of our sins. Despite our faithlessness and wickedness, He accepts us because His words proclaiming His love for us are firm. All things are created by God for God; we are His, created for Him.
The Psalmist loved God’s words, which sustained him. Men are fickle in their alliance with God. We are frail in the face of temptations and forgetful of His words. Without reading and meditating the words of God daily, I would have “perished in my affliction.” I won’t be able to survive it. Every day is a battle because Satan is working silently with his army of fallen angels, making sure our environment is cosy enough to forget about God. The Psalmist is determined to “never forget your (God’s) precepts”, because they are what have preserved his life. What’s preserving ours?
The Psalmist intimately asked God, “Save me, for I am yours”. Can we say the same affectionately, “God, I am yours”? How close are we with Jesus? God is our Abba, our daddy. Because the Psalmist was dedicated to God’s words daily, he could call out to God, “I am yours”. Say, “I am yours”, if you can, because God desires us to say that.
“To all perfection I see a limit, but your commands are boundless.” We can rate anything and give it a perfect 10 in score, but there is no score we can keep for God’s commands. They are as boundless as the wonders of the world God created. Who else should we ally our faithfulness to other than God? Jesus, I am yours.
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.