February 26, 2020 – Wednesday
Psalm 119:84-86 NKJV
84 How many are the days of Your servant?
When will You execute judgment on those who persecute me?
85 The proud have dug pits for me, which is not according to Your law.
86 All Your commandments are faithful; they persecute me wrongfully; help me!
First a quick reminder, the 119th Psalm has eight verses for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet making it the longest Psalm with 176 verses. The verses above are from the eleventh letter kaph. Each verse from 81-88 begins with the Hebrew letter kaph.
If we look at verse 84 we see the fear of the Psalmist that his life will end before he will see judgment passed on his persecutors. So he asks When will You execute judgment on those who persecute me? David Guzik notes This is one of the few verses in the Psalm that does not specifically mention God’s word. The sense and context lead us to see that the sense of personal weakness and injustice has led the Psalmist to such distraction and despair that he has lost focus on God’s word.
In the next two verses we see first the reason the Psalmist has been distracted from God’s word for The proud have dug pits for me, which is not according to Your law. But even there he mentions God’s law! Then he returns to his great confidence in God’s laws when he states All Your commandments are faithful; The idea in the Hebrew is that they are worthy to be relied on. They are founded in truth, and they should secure our confidence (Barnes’ Notes on the Bible).
Finally at the end we have they persecute me wrongfully; help me! Even though the Psalmist was being persecuted wrongfully, he turned to God saying help me! Like Daniel’s three friends when they faced the blazing fire, they trusted God and the Psalmist here also trusts God. The last two verses of this stanza reflect his trust
87 They almost made an end of me on earth, But I did not forsake Your precepts.
88 Revive me according to Your lovingkindness, So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth.
No matter what we face we too are to place our trust in God for we are his ambassadors to a lost world. 20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5)
We have the honor of being His ambassadors and as such 15we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. 2 Corinthians 2
Let us share the Good News of Christ so others may avoid the eternal hell.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton