Reflections on Psalm 119 (ש Shin)

What-is-truth02Psalm 119: 161-168

161 Rulers pursue me for no reason,
of your just regulations.
162 Those who love your law are completely secure;
nothing causes them to stumble.
163 I hope for your deliverance, O Lord,
and I obey your commands.
164 I keep your rules;yet I am more afraid of disobeying your instructions.
165 I rejoice in your instructions,
like one who finds much plunder.
166 I hate and despise deceit;
I love your law.
167 Seven times a day I praise you
because I love them greatly.
168 I keep your precepts and rules,
for you are aware of everything I do.

“I rejoice in your instructions, like one who finds much plunder. I hate and despise deceit.” (v. 161-162a) It’s all about truth. If we ever get a glimpse of it, we find ourselves at a crossroads. We can run back into our self-made delusions to protect our egos and pet sins, or we can stop and really look at our lives in light of the crucifixion. It won’t take long for most of us to discover that we are morally and spiritually destitute. Then ― and only then ― are we able to receive the gospel and run with it.

If we ever get a taste of it, truth becomes a purifying fire in our lives. Sometimes it burns, because even the necrotic parts of our being (our attachment to various sins) hurt when they are being cut off of us. But all the while, we ought to experience an ever-growing love for truth and for the Author of it. Eventually, if we refuse to turn back, truth eclipses everything we thought we couldn’t live without, and we are left with one thing at the center of our lives ― Jesus.

“If you abide in my word, then you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)


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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