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Despise the Law, Despise Me

Psalm 119:137-144

Verses 141-142 Though I am lowly and despised, I do not forget Your precepts. Your righteousness is everlasting and Your law is true.

After more discussion about the sorrow that should be ours regarding sin in our lives and that of those around us, the psalmist again turns his attention to the importance of the Word in his life.

The psalmist knew that obeying the law wasn’t going to make him the most popular person among his community. He knew that he would be looked down on and called names because of his obedience to the Lord. But he wasn’t just feeling lowly, he knew he was despised. There isn’t one of us that enjoys being despised.

Being despised is more than just being disliked. If someone is being despised they are enduring painful actions and sometimes even words. They are being treated as if they are worthless or disgusting. Some of us are more wired to feel the pangs of the rejection that comes with being despised, but no matter the level of our sensitivity, the truth is it hurts to be looked down on.

The psalmist knew that the reason he was being despised was because of his attention to the law and so that it was really the law that the despisers were upset about. Though the psalmist knew that the easiest way to end the unwanted attention was to stop following the law, he didn’t see that as an option. His love of the law was steadfast, there was no pain that could cause him to walk away from God’s holy words.

This man of song saw the righteousness of the Word and knew that it was worth following and it was worth the sacrifice that was being asked of him. This is the place we need to come as well. Yes, being despised will hurt, in fact, it won’t be comfortable in any way, but we have to ask ourselves, “Is God and His word important enough to us?” If God is more important to you than what others think of you, you are on a healthier path than those who want to live in opposition to the law.

Making It Personal

When have you faced opposition because of your standing with the word of the law? Were you able to praise God for His law even though you were in pain? Do find God’s Word worth standing for no matter what comes?

Making It Personal Kids

Have you ever had someone be mean to you because of your love of Jesus? How did it make you feel? Is it more important to you to live as Jesus said to or live so other people are happy?

Closing Prayer

Father, we praise You for Your mighty Word. Thank You for always being with us but especially when we are being despised because of our love for You. Give us the courage to stand for You no matter what comes up in life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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