Psalm 119: 145-152
145 I cried out with all my heart, “Answer me, O Lord!
I will observe your statutes.”
146 I cried out to you, “Deliver me,
so that I can keep your rules.”
147 I am up before dawn crying for help.
I find hope in your word.
148 My eyes anticipate the nighttime hours,
so that I can meditate on your word.
149 Listen to me because of your loyal love!
O Lord, revive me, as you typically do!
150 Those who are eager to do wrong draw near;
they are far from your law.
151 You are near, O Lord,
and all your commands are reliable.
152 I learned long ago that
you ordained your rules to last.
“I am up before dawn crying for help. I find hope in your word.” (v. 147) Man’s relationship with God is to be one of worship and surrender. Our attendance to God ought to regularly displace our comfort and convenience, and in fact it must, or our faith will be ineffectual. Particularly in the prosperous West, many people take up Christianity with a certain offhandedness, as though Jesus were a snappy garment they are adding to their wardrobe.
Never before in the history of the world have men achieved such mastery over the material world. We have cars, summer homes, pharmaceuticals for every ailment and machines to do our work for us. Our spiritual pursuits have become like yet more consumer products for many of us. We have fallen prey to the “God is dead” philosophy, although we can’t altogether silence the nagging voice that reminds us of our bankruptcy. So we have found ways to customize the gospel so it won’t cramp our style. But there is one Gospel, one God, one Christ. If we don’t make Him Lord of our lives, He will be our judge. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matt. 7:21)