Psalm 119 – Qoph (Wisdom Through Aging With God)
Psalm 119:145-152 NIV
I call with all my heart; answer me, O Lord, and I will obey your decrees.
I call out to you; save me and I will keep your statutes.
I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word.
My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises.
Hear my voice in accordance with your love; preserve my life, O Lord, according to your laws.
Those who devise wicked schemes are near, but they are far from your law.
Yet you are near, O Lord, and all your commands are true.
Long ago I learned from your statutes that you established them to last forever.
See the communication between God and the Psalmist, and consider whether we desire such a relationship:
Vs. 145 – If God answers our prayer, will we obey His words? The Psalmist requested God to answer his call and he will obey His decrees. Do we ask God to answer our prayer but do not obey God’s words in return? We complain that God doesn’t answer our requests, yet we don’t question why we don’t answer God’s requests. God has been answering our prayers. Just think about all the blessings in our life, the number of times He has answered our prayers is impossible to count.
Vs. 146 – If God saves us, will we obey His words. God has saved us; Christ has died for us. God has also saved me many times in many other ways, some that I know of and many that I am not even aware of.
Vs. 147 – If we put our hope in God’s words, we will call for his help early in the morning. The test of our hope in God’s words is whether we wake up early to cry out for His help when we face problems. Why morning? Because it is hard to do so in the day when we are busy with our daily business affairs.
Vs. 148 – If we count the blessings that come from God fulfilling His promises, we will not be able to finish counting them even if we do it through the night. We should keep a record of all the blessings and be grateful to Him. His fulfilled promises are plentiful.
Vs. 149 – Do we speak to God with our voices? God will preserve our life. As God speaks to us through his Spirit, we speak to God in Spirit. Do we enjoy our interaction with God? Remember that God is Spirit; we worship Him in Spirit. God’s voice can be heard in Spirit.
Do we desire the kind of relationship the Psalmist had with God? The Psalmist’s mind was calm and his faith was steadfast. In saying, “Long ago I learned from your statutes that you established them to last forever”, he appeared to have matured through aging with God.
Note the double statements in Vs. 150-151 about “near”. The Psalmist understood that God was near but the wicked were far from God’s laws. His relationship with God must have matured through difficult times for him to come to this conclusion. There might be wicked people near him, but he was confident that God was near. He will stay near to God while the wicked are far from God.
For young Christians, be assured that our relationship with God will grow when we walk closely with Him, despite the troubles that the wicked cause us. For the older ones, we can look back and cherish the blessings we’ve received from God, and teach the young to be patient and keep close to God’s words. The battle with the wicked belongs to God, not us. Our only role is to keep our eyes on God’s words.
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.