Reflections on Psalm 119 (ח Heth)

nothingPsalm 119:57-64

57 You are my portion, Lord;
I have promised to obey your words.
58 I have sought your face with all my heart;
be gracious to me according to your promise.
59 I have considered my ways
and have turned my steps to your statutes.
60 I will hasten and not delay
to obey your commands.
61 Though the wicked bind me with ropes,
I will not forget your law.
62 At midnight I rise to give you thanks
for your righteous laws.
63 I am a friend to all who fear you,
to all who follow your precepts.
64 The earth is filled with your love, Lord;
teach me your decrees.

“You are my portion, Lord.” (v. 57) Sooner or later in the Christian life, there has to come a disavowal by the believer―the forsaking of all rights and expectations. Jesus minced no words when he told his followers: “Whoever does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:33)

Jesus doesn’t ask us to do anything He has not already done. Paul reminded us of this in his letter to the Philippians: “[Jesus], being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God as something to be grasped [used to his own advantage]; but emptied himself by taking on the form of a slave, making himself nothing. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” (Phil. 2:6-8) During His earthly ministry, Jesus was approached by a man who declared, “ ‘Lord, I will follow you wherever you go,’ to which Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.’ ” (Luke 9:57-58)

Particularly in places like America, there is little likelihood that believers will have to live in crushing poverty (at least for the time being). I believe Christ’s imperative that we give up everything is for the purpose of shattering our idols and and helping us to attain a single-minded dedication to one thing―knowing, seeking and serving Jesus Christ.



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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2 Responses to Reflections on Psalm 119 (ח Heth)

  1. Fred Blauer says:

    Good article Doug, and I agree with your conclusion, “knowing, seeking and serving.” Good word!

  2. Douglas Abbott says:

    Thanks, Fred. A tall order, especially when you start later in life as I did. But “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil. 2:13)

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