Reflections on Psalm 119 (נ Nun)

columbia-gorgePsalm 119:105-112

105 Your word is a lamp to walk by,
and a light to illumine my path.
106 I have vowed and solemnly sworn
to keep your just regulations.
107 I am suffering terribly.
O Lord, revive me with your word!
108 O Lord, please accept the freewill offerings of my praise!
Teach me your regulations!
109 My life is in continual danger,
but I do not forget your law.
110 The wicked lay a trap for me,
but I do not wander from your precepts.
111 I claim your rules as my permanent possession,
for they give me joy.
112 I am determined to obey your statutes
at all times, to the very end.

“I claim your rules as my permanent possession” (v. 111) Whether or not we agree with God’s policies, we can take comfort in the permanence of His unyielding order. We all desire permanence; the problem is our squirrelly sinful nature, which chafes against rules and is constantly looking for loopholes (Rom. 7:8). But God’s precepts undergird all of creation. Neither they ― nor God Himself ― are subject to change. “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a human being, that he should change his mind. Has God said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not make it happen?” (Num. 23:19)

One of those everlasting precepts is God’s compassion and faithfulness. Judgment is a last resort for a God who “is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) We can trust that God’s disposition toward us ― His readiness to help and forgive ― will never change.


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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