February 28, 2020 – Friday
Psalm 119:157 NKJV
157 Many are my persecutors and my enemies,
Yet I do not turn from Your testimonies.
Today we return to Psalm 119 and an amazing verse where in spite of persecutors and enemies, the Psalmist’s focus is on God’s testimonies. Benson’s Commentary shows there is a temptation to turn from God and His testimonies, but David was not going to do so: Though they tempt me so to do, and persecute me because I will not do it: for I know while I adhere to them God is for me, and then I need not regard who is against me. A man that is steady in the way of his duty, though he may have many enemies, he needs to fear none.
It was his confidence in God and His testimonies that made David so resolute in the face of his persecutors and enemies. All too often for us the opposite is true as we drift away from God’s word, from attending church, from time in prayer and worship – we end up greatly fearing any and all persecutors and enemies with not confidence in God. Perfectly natural response the further we drift from Him. Consider what David has to say about his persecutors and enemies in the very next verse
158 I see the treacherous, and am disgusted, Because they do not keep Your word.
By implication he would find anyone who has drifted away from God’s word and is making no attempt to keep His word as disgusting. Certainly that is how he found those who were treacherous who had no use for God’s word. David’s approach to God’s word is very very different as shown in the concluding two verses of this stanza
159 Consider how I love Your precepts; Revive me, O Lord, according to Your lovingkindness.
160 The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.
David loves God’s words. Loves! How much do we care for God’s word? Enough to spend 30 minutes a day or even an hour reading and thinking on what His word has for us? Or are we simply too busy to have any real time for God’s word? All too often we forget the importance of God’s word to us as Christians. The apostle John in John 1:1-5 wrote
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
Then in verse fourteen:
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
And of course this is Jesus the Christ, our Lord and Savior. Do we want to know Him? If so we begin by opening our Bibles and start spending time with Him. He is the word made flesh. Like David we can have great confidence in God’s word, especially His word made flesh who died for our sins. Let us spend even more time in the New Testament and read what the word made flesh had to say for us. At the same time we cannot forget the Old Testament was His Bible so we cannot ignore it either.
Knowing Jesus in the face of persecutors and enemies we too can turn to His words and depend upon His incredible love and mercy. It is a great blessing to know Jesus and His love for each and every one of us.
Have a Great Weekend and Remember to Go to Church, praising and worshiping our loving merciful God.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton