Life in God’s Steadfast Love

“Consider how I love your precepts! Give me life according to your steadfast love.” Psalm 119.159 This verse highlights the main theme of this stanza: The psalmist desire that the Lord look on him and deliver him. To open this stanza, he asked the Lord to look on his affliction and deliver him. Here, he asks the Lord to consider …

Righteous Disgust

“I look at the faithless with disgust, because they do not keep your commands.” Psalm 119.158 We’ve seen the psalmist’s enemies and persecutors many times in this psalm. He has lamented their sin. They surround him at all times, so he has prayed to the Lord for deliverance. These enemies are an ever-present part of his song. Their wickedness is …

A Gracious Reminder

“Many are my persecutors and my adversaries, but I do not swerve from your testimonies.” Psalm 119.157 The psalmist continues this stanza filled with prayer with a theme that he has returned to time and again in this psalm. He again laments his enemies and their wickedness, and again he speaks of his devotion to the Word of God. I …

Great Is Your Mercy

“Great is your mercy, O Lord; give me life according to your rules.” Psalm 119.156 The exaltation of God’s mercy in this verse may seem like a blunt change from the previous verse. In that verse, the psalmist spoke clearly about the lost person’s distance from the Lord because of his rejection of God’s law (155). Here, he sings of …

Far from Salvation

“Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek your statutes.” Psalm 119.155 This verse, with its stern and abrupt language, highlights a truth that every believer must keep in mind. The world is not mostly good or a little misguided. The world is not close to God and in need of a nudge in the right direction. …

Plead My Cause

“Plead my cause and redeem me, give me life according to your promise.” Psalm 119.154 The psalmist recognizes something here that we too must recognize. He cannot plead his own cause. He cannot redeem himself. This may seem obvious. Perhaps you even realize it on a theoretical basis. But friend, our hearts are deceptive.  Far too often, even those of …

Look on My Affliction

“Look on my affliction and deliver me, for I do not forget your law.” Psalm 119.153 This prayer opens a new stanza, one where the psalmist leans still further into his call for God’s care, protection, and provision. He begins with a call for God to look on—or consider—his affliction. This is a call for divine compassion. It’s a call …

The Foundation of Devotion

“Long have I known from your testimonies that you have founded them forever.” Psalm 119.152 This verse brings another stanza of this epic poem to a close. This section has been one of pure, unbridled devotion. It’s been an urgent prayer of devotion to God and to his Word. And, what is the basis of that devotion? It is the …

Near, O Lord

“But you are near, O Lord, and all your commandments are true.” Psalm 119.151 The beauty of this verse cannot be understood fully apart from the previous verse. There, the psalmist spoke of the nearness of his enemies, the proximity of the evil threat. Here, his focuse shifts away from the enemies. Spurgeon describes his thinking well: “Near as the …

Spiritual Battle

“They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose; they are far from your law.” Psalm 119.150 The poetry in this verse is stunning in beauty. The psalmist has mentioned his enemies many times. He has called unto the Lord for protection. This verse gives full attention to the enemies, describing them with brilliant poetic contrast. His enemies are near. …