Verses 57-58 You are my portion, Lord; I have promised to obey Your words. I have sought Your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to Your promise.
We have reached the 8th stanza of this prayer of the psalmist and he once again turns back to the heart of this psalm, the desire to know and obey the Word.
This man of song begins this stanza with the declaration that the Lord is his portion. This may speak to the possibility that the psalmist was a Levite and therefore had no physical inheritance from the Lord in the way of land and accepted that God was His portion of the promise. He sees what a blessing it is that the Lord is his portion and that could be why he is consumed with his love of the law.
This man’s devotion to God and His Word was sincere. He was so serious about following God that he promises to follow the law. While we can admire that, we may not be ready to make the same commitment to God and His Word. We must remember that making a promise to the God of the universe is not something to do lightly. We say things so easily without much thought and end up not being able to keep our word. The psalmist was reiterating that He had promised to obey. He may have been reminding himself or showing God that he remembered. Either way the point was being made that the law was something that he intended to obey at all costs.
The songwriter further discusses his devotion as he says that he has sought the Lord’s face with all his heart. This was not the straining of eyes to catch a glimpse of God but the searching of God’s Word to know the truth about God and thereby know the truth about himself. Using the law as a measuring stick he sought God’s law to see where he measured up.
Upon measuring himself he knew that he didn’t measure up to God’s standards. Sadly, we would find ourselves in the same shape, but like the psalmist we need to know that it doesn’t mean we are loss causes. No, we serve a gracious God and if we are serious about following Him, He will look at us through the lens of Christ. So while we should still steer clear of sin, we can take hope and joy in the fact that it isn’t a dead end.
Making It Personal
Do you find God to be enough for you? Have you promised God that you would obey Him? Do you seek God with all your heart?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean that God is enough for you? Have you ever promised Jesus that you would always obey Him? Can you keep that promise?
Father, we thank You for being enough for us. Give us hearts that seek You above all else. Help us understand the importance of knowing You and obeying Your Word. In Jesus’ name, amen.