Psalm 119: 173 Let your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts. 174 I long for your salvation, O Lord, and your law is my delight. 175 Let me live that I may praise you, and let your ordinances help me. 176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek out your servant, for I do not forget your commandments.
These are the final verses of a long psalm which has as its central theme the blessing that comes from following God’s commands/laws/precepts/ordinances/decrees. I’ll admit I don’t generally share the writer’s enthusiasm for the laws of God, but them I’m not in a desperate situation as is the writer.
The writer is so passionate about the laws of God – because it’s all he has. So he clings to the laws of God for dear life.
I’m reminded of the apostle Paul who writes, “God’s power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) I see the same sentiment present in this psalm. I’m not a fan of being weak. Being dependent. Being helpless apart from God. And yet it’s often in that space of desperation that God shows up. Are you feeling weak? Helpless? You’re not alone friend. I’m there with you. Come Lord Jesus, for you are our salvation. Amen.