Reflections on Psalm 119 (צ Tsade)

essentials-salvationPsalm 119: 137-144

137 You are just, O Lord,
and your judgments are fair.
138 The rules you impose are just,
and absolutely reliable.
139 My zeal consumes me,
for my enemies forget your instructions.
140 Your word is absolutely pure,
and your servant loves it!
141 I am insignificant and despised,
yet I do not forget your precepts.
142 Your justice endures,
and your law is reliable.
143 Distress and hardship confront me,
yet I find delight in your commands.
144 Your rules remain just.
Give me insight so that I can live.

“Distress and hardship confront me, yet I find delight in your commands.” (v. 143) This is the very definition of joy ― rejoicing in spite of discomfort and the disruption of our plans. Happiness is contingent on the realization of our personal goals, but joy is based solely on what God is doing and especially what He has done. If we ever need refreshment, we need only review the long list of God’s accomplishments ― a Creation that is vast and marvelous beyond our wildest dreams; God’s plan of salvation, which was set into motion while Adam’s face was still sticky with the fruit (Gen. 3:15); God’s patient shepherding, which has endured a billion acts of treason and still forged on; the testimony of the saints down through the ages, which will say for all eternity: “He did it all.”

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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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