41. Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord,
your salvation according to your promise;
42. then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me,
for I trust in your word.
43. And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
for my hope is in your rules.
44. I will keep your law continually,
forever and ever,
45. and I shall walk in a wide place,
for I have sought your precepts.
46. I will also speak of your testimonies before kings
and shall not be put to shame,
47. for I find my delight in your commandments,
which I love.
48. I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love,
and I will meditate on your statutes.
41. Here, again, is a request that will not be denied. God’s love and salvation are applied with the greatest security. Those upon whom God sets His love can be assured that it will last forever. The greatest sorrow one can experience is not knowing God’s salvation and love. If you have been blessed by these things, you have been given the greatest gift of all.
42. When the devil condemns me, I can rest secure because I know that Christ has made me clean. God sees me not in my sin but in Christ’s righteousness.
43. Beseech God to keep you growing in Him. He is pleased by earnest desire to hold on to Him. There is no other sure hope besides God and His Word. There is no other reward greater than that given to those who obey Him.
44. We should find ourselves more and more making promises to God out of love, and not fright. Do we love to serve Him? Do we love to obey Him? Do we love to seek Him?
45. True freedom is found in God’s way of living. If you see the Christian life as a collection of rules and regulations, and you find it a burden, something is wrong. You have not grown to love God as you ought. You have not tasted the sweetness of His love. If the freedom you desire is the license to do as you wish, you do not understand Christ’s lordship over you. You do not understand that you have been bought with a price and therefore owe your life to God.
The freedom a Christian enjoys is freedom from condemnation. Instead of life as a convict in a prison cell merely waiting for the day of execution, a redeemed sinner enjoys life as a servant in the King’s realm. The possibilities for rightly honoring and serving the King are endless!
46. “Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.” (Pro. 22:29) We sometimes think of the Christian life as one that lives above academia, and indeed, in some respects, this is true. However, God placed people on this earth to glorify Him not only in church services and “religious duties”, but in the whole of life. Leaving academia entirely to the non-regenerate is an unwise and ignorant choice. Christians should study as much as others, if not more, because the world of academia needs bright beacons of God’s transforming power. More importantly, we honor God by learning about His creation and studying for His glory. God gave us minds for a reason.
If we allow ourselves to remain ignorant of things in this world, we do not bring people’s attention to Christ. Rather, we are a source of dishonor to our Lord. We of all people should be the most zealous to learn.
47. Those who delight in God’s Word will be blessed. It is not my duty to enumerate all the rewards for doing so, only to obey.
48. “Lifting up hands” causes me to think of surrender or worship. We are to worship God, not His Word as an entity in and of itself. We are to delight in surrendering ourselves fully in obedience to God’s Word. It is hard to clutch anything tightly when our hands are opened and extended. Held out hands show willingness to receive and give. We must receive the commands of God and give ourselves to carrying them out.