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A Final Plea

Psalm 119:169-176

Verses 175-176 Let me live that I may praise You, and may Your laws sustain me. I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek Your servant, for I have not forgotten Your commands.

The psalmist finishes his song of praise with a prayer to live as God would like him to live and a desire to remember the commands of the Lord.

This man of song reveals with his closing lines that his love of the Lord and His commands is full and strong. He has grown in his relationship with God and his understanding of the law. He has learned that it is God’s holiness that brings the gift of commandments to live God’s way. God wants a loving relationship with us and so He set up the plan of redemption and a blueprint to help us know Him through the law.

He continues his prayer with praise for how the law sustains him. He knows that the reason he has been able to endure the persecution and trials of life was because he knew God and His character because he knew the law. The law was a comfort to him as he remembered it represented God and His faithfulness.

Next the psalmist states a fact of his life that may as well be said of us. We have all strayed even Isaiah said so in one of his messianic redeemer prophecies (Isaiah 53:6). It isn’t that we don’t know the truth. The law is clear about the path that God has called us to, we have no good excuse for going our own way. When we go our own way we miss the benefits of open fellowship with the Father.

Notice that the psalmist doesn’t say he is lost but that he has strayed like a lost sheep. He asks the Lord to seek him because he remembers the law. This is the key, he hasn’t deserted the ways of the Lord, just wandered from Him. We do the same. It isn’t that we want to wander from His ways, we just do. We too can do what the man of song did. He didn’t stay astray, he asked for the Lord to find him. This request is a plea to be corrected and brought back into line. There is no better way to close out this song of prayerful praise for the Word of the Lord than to ask the Lord to use His Word to shape us into the people He desires us to be.

Making It Personal

Does your life reflect a love for God and His word? Where have you strayed in life? Are there ways you need to be brought into line with His law?

Making It Personal Kids

Does how you live show that you love Jesus and His rules? When have you tried to live your own way? Are there ways you need to ask Jesus to help you live better?

Closing Prayer

Father, we thank You for Your law. Please forgive us for the times we stray. Give us a greater desire to know Your Word so we can follow You in everything. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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