Psalm 119: 89-96

89. Forever, O Lord, your word
is firmly fixed in the heavens.
90. Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
you have established the earth, and it stands fast.
91. By your appointment they stand this day,
for all things are your servants.
92. If your law had not been my delight,
I would have perished in my affliction.
93. I will never forget your precepts,
for by them you have given me life.
94. I am yours; save me,
for I have sought your precepts.
95. The wicked lie in wait to destroy me,
but I consider your testimonies.
96. I have seen a limit to all perfection,
but your commandment is exceedingly broad.

89. Forever, O Lord, your word
is firmly fixed in the heavens.

There is nothing beside God’s Word (except for God Himself) that is sure and lasting. Social networks are not eternal. Fame is not eternal. Fun memories are not eternal. When I stand before God, what will matter? Only how I lived before Him during my life. Nothing will matter except obedience (and disobedience). I must live in constant light of eternity. How I use my time now will matter.

Sometimes I don’t see the point in my college studies. It seems like I’m just working for a piece of paper which won’t mean much and I may never really need it. But, then I remember that God put me in this situation. He obviously planned for me to do college and do it this way. He even planned my frustration. But why?

To teach me obedience and diligence, and endurance, among other things. I am grateful for my college education because the things God is teaching me through it do matter.

90. Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
you have established the earth, and it stands fast.

There will be no generation on this earth whose days are not dictated by God on His throne. No one will see the day when God is not in control and directing all that happens. How comforting this is! Worry about policies and economies can be dispelled by this truth. I am free to work in the harvest fields to further the Kingdom of God without fear or worry that I am neglecting some other cause that needs my help.

91. By your appointment they stand this day,
for all things are your servants.

God created this earth, and all the earthquakes happening this year are no cause for fear. No inch of earth moves without His finger pushing it here or there. Every single quake originates from His hand. And all His reasons are good. We must not doubt this.

As long as God keeps the universe intact, it will be intact. We do not trust a madman who destroys at will, but a sovereign King Who controls all things for good.

92. If your law had not been my delight,
I would have perished in my affliction.

If I do not keep my mind thinking rightly according to God’s Word, I will despair. There is no other sure foundation for hope. Christians should be the most joyful and hopeful people because they have true joy and hope in God and His Word. How it must hurt my Lord each time I neglect to think Biblically or fret about anything. He is trustworthy and will never change.

93. I will never forget your precepts,
for by them you have given me life.

I must never lose my confidence in God’s Word, but cling to it diligently. Did it not bring me to life? Will it not guide me in growth? Is it not powerful enough to sanctify me more and more? Never lose confidence in the power of God’s Word.

94. I am yours; save me,
for I have sought your precepts.

One evidence of belonging to Christ is a devotion to study and hunger for God’s Word. Assurance of salvation, though not based on works, is in part due to visible workings of God in the heart.

95. The wicked lie in wait to destroy me,
but I consider your testimonies.

Believers will have troubles on earth. Never are we promised smooth sailing on the waters of life. There will always be some sin to fight. There will always be those who hate us. But there will always be a refuge in our Lord. One has only to consider accounts of persecution to realize that while God does not always grant physical deliverance, He always gives strength to endure for His glory.

Instead of becoming absorbed with worry or trying to take control of the situation, the psalmist turns his attention to the only sure foundation — God’s Word. (Distinguishing between God and His Word and saying one is more sure than the other is, in my opinion, not supported by Scripture. One cannot separate God Himself from what He says any more than one can say a person and his speech stem from different roots because out of the heart the mouth speaks.)

96. I have seen a limit to all perfection,
but your commandment is exceedingly broad.

One might be able to exhaust any resource or subject, but God’s Word can never be exhausted because God Himself can never be exhausted. How does this truth help me in my daily life?

I can rest secure in the arms of God, knowing that all my cares and worries are taken care of.

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