Reflections on Psalm 119 (ד Daleth)

prostration-1024x648Psalm 119:25-32

25 I am laid low in the dust;
preserve my life according to your word.
26 I gave an account of my ways and you answered me;
teach me your decrees.
27 Cause me to understand the way of your precepts,
that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.
28 My soul is weary with sorrow;
strengthen me according to your word.
29 Keep me from deceitful ways;
be gracious to me and teach me your law.
30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
I have set my heart on your laws.
31 I hold fast to your statutes, Lord;
do not let me be put to shame.
32 I run in the path of your commands,
for you have broadened my understanding.

“I am laid low in the dust” (v. 25). This may refer to the psalmist’s guilt for sin or crushing hardship and adversity―or both. If we belong to God, we will experience discipline when we disobey Him. But the suffering God allows in my life is not punitive; it is redemptive in nature. He knows full well how difficult it is for me to submit to Him in everything, and He is faithful to supply prodding as needed. As C.S. Lewis observed, “Pain is God’s megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” The principle applies to the redeemed as well.

 I gave an account of my ways and you answered me.” (v. 26) This giving account (confession and repentance) is something that needs to happen throughout each day. I have often felt that God must sigh with annoyance when he sees me dragging myself to the throne room again and again. But that is false. It would be far worse if I were to stop fighting and give up crying out to God. He doesn’t cast out the children who have learning disabilities. To the contrary: “What I want from you is your true thanks…I want you to trust me in your times of trouble, so I can rescue you and you can give me glory.” (Psalm 50:14,15 TLB)


About Douglas Abbott

I am a freelance writer by trade, philosopher and comedian by accident of birth. I am an assiduous observer of humanity and endlessly fascinated with people, the common elements that make us human, what motivates people and the fingerprint of God in all of us. I enjoy exploring the universe in my search for meaning, beauty and friendship. My writing is an extension of all these things and something I did for fun long before I ever got paid. My hope is that the reader will find in this portfolio a pleasing and inspiring literary hodgepodge. Good reading!
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