March 02, 2020 – Monday
Psalm 119:161-162 NIV
161 Rulers persecute me without cause, but my heart trembles at Your word.
162 I rejoice in Your promise like one who finds great spoil.
The verses above begin the next to last stanza of eight verses in Psalm 119 and speak of persecution, God’s word, and His promise. What a way to begin. David’s love of God’s word permeates this stanza with every verse speaking of his love for God’s word. Even verse 162 above for God’s promise is His word and David rejoices in it.
What about the persecution in verse 161? We know David was persecuted without cause by Saul and his supporters. Yet David remained true to God’s word even when he had an opportunity to kill Saul he chose to spare his life saying to his men The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the Lord. After this he went out of the cave and addressed Saul saying “Why do you listen when men say, ‘David is bent on harming you’? This day you have seen with your own eyes how the Lord delivered you into my hands in the cave. Some urged me to kill you, but I spared you; I said, ‘I will not lay my hand on my lord, because he is the Lord’s anointed.’ See, my father, look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut off the corner of your robe but did not kill you. See that there is nothing in my hand to indicate that I am guilty of wrongdoing or rebellion. I have not wronged you, but you are hunting me down to take my life. May the Lord judge between you and me. And may the Lord avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you. (1 Samuel 24:6 & 9-12)
In his actions and words David shows his dependence on God and His word in our Psalm and is his words to Saul. His faith and trust in God is truly inspiring. Let’s look at his words to Saul once again May the Lord judge between you and me. And may the Lord avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you. David has been wronged, but his trust is in God and he will not harm Saul. David was likely depending on what God had said in Deuteronomy 32:35 It is Mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them. And Saul’s time did come to an end. The Apostle Paul restated this for us Christians as well in Romans 12:19 and we would do well to listen Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
I would suggest there is much here to for us to consider in our walk with Jesus. Matthew Henry wrote the following which I greatly agree with Those whose hearts stand in awe of God’s word, will rather endure the wrath of man, than break the law of God. By the word of God we are unspeakable gainers. Every man hates to have a lie told him, but we should more hate telling a lie; by the latter we give an affront to God. David refused to take action that would be an affront to God. We should do likewise in our own lives’ trials and tribulations.
Be assured we too will face our own trials and tribulations. One of the many examples in the New Testament is about the Macedonian churches in 2 Corinthians 8:2 whereupon In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. Even in the midst of a very severe trial their giving was unexpectedly great. We have great examples to follow when we face trials in our own lives. Let us also depend on God and His word.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton