Psalm 119: 57-64
57 The LORD is my portion;
I have promised to keep Thy words.
58 I sought Your favor with all my heart;
Be gracious to me according to Your word.
59 I considered my ways
And turned my feet to Thy testimonies.
60 I hastened and did not delay
To keep Thy commandments.
61 The cords of the wicked have encircled me,
But I have not forgotten Thy law.
62 At midnight I shall rise to give thanks to Thee
Because of Thy righteous ordinances.
63 I am a companion of all those who fear Thee,
And of those who keep Thy precepts.
64 The earth is full of Thy lovingkindness, O LORD;
Teach me Thy statutes.
Over 22 days it is my hope to soak in and meditate on Psalm 119. This is the longest chapter of the Bible with 22 sections. Each of the 22 sections is an acrostic in the original Hebrew language that alliterates each statement with one letter from the Hebrew Alphabet. In reading through this Psalm, one can find the meditations of the heart, the movements of the hands, & the all surpassing Grace of God.
Heth is again a time of remembrance by the psalmist that is provided by the grace of God and the Word of the Lord. This remembrance is found in verse 57 as the psalmist is reminded that God is “his portion.” In other words, God is the giver, savior, & sustainer and when it comes to obedience, this is the first factor of grace that we must remember. Without remembrance of all that God is and all that God has done for us…obedience becomes shallow and rigid religion. Because of “Who” God is we can know that obedience is worthy of Him in the strength of His faithful character. Because of “What” God did to provide the the relationship that He has freely given us, obedience is out of desire to show love and gratitude back even though it can never repay His ultimate love.
The psalmist promises to keep the Words of the Lord and to pursue them with his heart. But, he knows he will fail at this and the psalmist boldly declares the Grace of God that the Word has made known to us. He remembers that obedience means intentionally considering God as well as asking God to help us consider our path so that we may choose the path of faithfulness and integrity.
The big ideal in this remembrance toward God and obedience to His Word is this. God has revealed His lovingkindness to us and the freedom to live with and for God by His Grace.
By His Grace. Through His Gospel. For His Glory.
“I hear the Savior say,
Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.
For nothing good have I
Whereby Thy grace to claim;
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calvary’s Lamb.
And now complete in Him,
My robe, His righteousness,
Close sheltered beneath His side,
I am divinely blest.
Lord, now indeed I find
Thy power, and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone
When from my dying bed
My ransomed soul shall rise,
Jesus died my soul to save,
Shall rend the vaulted skies.
And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete,
I’ll lay my trophies down,
All down at Jesus’ feet.”
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow” –Elvina M. Hall, 1865
O Praise the one who paid my debt
And raised this life up from the dead