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Troubles Giving Way to Delight


Psalm 119:137-144

Verses 143-144 Trouble and distress have come upon me, but Your commands give me delight. Your statutes are always righteous; give me understanding that I may live.


Knowing the pain that comes with being despised, the psalmist once again reiterates that no matter the issues that come his way, he will survive because of the law and his adoration for it.


When troubles come our way it is normal to want to turn to something that brings us some cheer. Maybe it is a favorite food, a nap, a certain kind of music or a variety of other things. The psalmist says that his delight comes from the commands of God. That may sound like a strange thing to turn to in times of trouble but maybe that is because our view of the Lord’s commands being less than it should be.


Rules seldom feel freeing. The commands of God are no different. They hold us to a standard that doesn’t always seem as enjoyable as being able to do as we want to. So how can this man of song say that they are his delight? Though he says that his delight is in the commands, the truth is that the attachment to the law is actually because of the Giver of the law.


We know that we can come to care about something if it is important to someone that we love. There is something about knowing that it matters to our loved one that makes us look at it in a different way. This could help us know the delight of the law. When we see the law as an important portion of our relationship with God it should bring us a new appreciation of His commands.


The song writer knew that the law of God was always righteous because God is always righteous. This is where the psalmist gets his delight in the law. It is in knowing that it is unchanging, always reliable and always trustworthy. His life was safe in the law, not because of it but because of the God who gave it. That’s why the thing that the man of song asked was that God would give him understanding so that he could live. He already understood that obeying the law of God would help him live a better life, not just because he would have a better relationship with God but he was learning that it also would improve his relationships with others.


Making It Personal

Have you ever taken delight in the law of God? How has living according to God’s commands improved your relationships with others? How can you improve a relationship today by obeying God?


Making It Personal Kids

What does it mean to delight in the commands? Have you experienced how obeying Jesus can help you get along with others? How can you obey Him today and get along better with others?


Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for Your law. You are always right and just and that means Your law is righteous too. Please give us a deepening understanding of the law so that we can be in close relation with You and so that we can get along better with others. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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