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Thankful Even When Bound


Psalm 119:57-64

Verses 61-62 Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget Your law. At midnight I rise to give You thanks for Your righteous laws.


The psalmist goes from self-examination and hurrying to obey, to talking about the lengths he will go to obey.


Though many of us will never experience the trial of actually being tied up for our faith, there are ways that we may find ourselves being bound by others which cause us to either doubt our faith or close it off all together. It may be those we know but are not close to because of their lack of respect and acknowledgment of God or maybe they are the ones closest to us that try to sway us away from the faith that we hold dear.


Those that try to sway us may not even realize what they are doing. They may think that we are going too far with our thinking about obeying the law and are trying to get us to lighten up on how we obey or they may think we are lying about being law abiding. No matter the reason behind it, we are feeling caught up in a situation that is holding us tight.


The psalmist had made the choice that we need to make. He took these trials as a nudge to press tighter to God and His law. He said that he didn’t want to forget the law and when we don’t want to forget something the best thing to do is to go over it again and again. It is keeping the law always in front of us so that we don’t forget it.


The psalmist knew it wasn’t enough to focus on the law, it is important that we thank God for it. We have talked throughout this study about giving praise to God for His law but giving thanks is a bit more about God’s relationship to the law than who He is. He could have written the law but not given it to His people, but He gifted us with this list of righteousness, a reminder of what it means to live as He would have us live. No matter the trials that we go through for our faith, we must thank Him.


Making It Personal

Who has you feeling bound up because of your faith? What do you do to keep the law in the front of your memory? When was the last time that you thanked God for His law?


Making It Personal Kids

Do you ever feel like someone is trying to keep you from talking about Jesus? What are some ways that you try to memorize the commandments and forever remember them? Have you thanked Jesus for the commandments?


Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for Your law. Your love for us is amazing and we know we need to obey You to show You our love. Give us a desire to keep Your law in front of us and to obey no matter the cost. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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