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Hope of a Fortress


Psalm 119:113-120

Verses 113-114 I hate double-minded people, but I love Your law. You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in Your word.


Today we begin the fifteenth stanza of this psalm of the law. The psalmist begins it with a comparison of the people to the law.


I doubt any of us would say that we like double-minded people. Those types of people cannot be trusted and should be avoided whenever possible. The same would be true of double-minded laws. The psalmist knew that the law of the Lord could be trusted and was to be held as a source of protection. The fact that the law isn’t double-minded speaks of the solidity of our God.


We should also note that this man of song says that he hates the double-minded. This is strong language that may have us pulling back a bit but we need to remember that God also has strong feelings against those that are not of one mind. Being double-minded reveals that you are lying on one side and God is truth and therefore can’t stand for their lies.


As we said earlier, the psalmist knows the truth of the law is his protection. The law is truth and that is important for us to remember as we study it and seek to apply it to our lives. When we see the law as truth we can focus on the fact that it is our protection from unrighteous. Remembering, of course, that the law isn’t our protection against eternal damnation. In fact it may be the very ticket for that.


The law is precious, or should be, to us but the law itself is not our savior. It is the God of the law that is our protection. It is His truth that carries us through the attacks against our character. When we put our trust in His Word, we are putting our trust in His ability and promise to care for us. Knowing the law isn’t enough, only when we set ourselves firm in it can we know its protection. Of course that means putting our faith in the Lord and holding to the truth of His Word. Our hope has to be in the Lord, a hope that is firmly grounded in the truth of who He is and the words He has given for our protection.


Making It Personal

Have you ever had any dealings with a double-minded person? Have you ever been a person that could be considered double-minded? Have you found refuge and safety in the law of the Lord?


Making It Personal Kids

What does it mean to be double-minded? Why is that a bad thing to be? How can you feel safe in obeying the commandments?


Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for the safety of Your law. Give us the wisdom and discernment to see those that are double-minded so that we aren’t led astray. You are our hope and salvation. In Jesus’ name, amen.


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