Redeemed and Preserved
Verses 153-154 Look on my suffering and deliver me, for I have not forgotten Your law. Defend my cause and redeem me; preserve my life according to Your promise.
Today we begin the twentieth stanza of the psalmist’s prayer of praise about the law of the Lord. The man of song is still thinking about those who hate the law and the troubles they have caused him.
The psalmist is asking that the Lord look at his suffering. When we are in the midst of the trials of life it can seem that God is looking the other way but we can be sure that we are never far from His mind. He loves His children and nothing happens to us without His knowledge. The psalmist knew that in his heart but those moments of trial can cloud our judgment so that we can’t see Him close because all we can see is what we are going through.
The song writer knew that keeping the law of the Lord close was a good way to remember that the Lord was near. The holiness of the law spoke of the holiness of God and that meant He was near. So the psalmist knew what he had to do, he knew that he needed the Lord’s help to deal with the troubles he was facing. Because the people were causing him trouble because of the law, the man of song knew that the Lord would defend him because their trouble was really with Him.
He also asks the Lord to redeem him. While we tend to think of being redeemed as dealing with our salvation, the psalmist shows the broader meaning of the word. This man had seen God rescue him time and again from those that wished him harm. He knew that the Lord would redeem him in the sense that they wouldn’t be able to overtake him. He was standing firm for the Lord and His law therefore he knew the Lord would stand for his defense.
The way the psalmist concludes these verses shows just how much he trusted the Lord. He knew that he could trust the Lord because he knew the Lord’s promises. The Lord had proven Himself over and over and so the psalmist could stand firm with the law because he knew that the Lord would do as He said. This is one reason we need to praise God for the law. There are consequences to disobedience and protection for those who obey.
Making It Personal
Do you look to the Lord for help when you feel persecuted? Have you found that God is always near, even during trials? Which of God’s promises brings you the most comfort?
Making It Personal Kids
Do you feel close to Jesus? Do you still feel Him close when you are having troubles? What is one of Jesus’ promises that helps you feel hopeful?
Father, thank You always being near and caring for us. Your promises are comforting and we place our hope in You. Please help us align ourselves with Your and stick to Your law. In Jesus’ name, amen.