“They have almost made an end of me on earth,
but I have not forsaken your precepts.” Psalm 119.87
This verse gives us another glimpse of the depth of the psalmist’s devotion to God’s word. As we’ve seen many times in Psalm 119, his devotion is often set forth in contrast with the darkness of the world. Here, the poet notes that his enemies, those who persecute him with falsehood (86), want his death. Their aim is to destroy his life, and it seems to the psalmist that they are closing in on that goal.
Still, the psalmist clings to the word of God. He remains devoted to following the precepts of God. This is a challenging example for us. It’s easy to cling to God’s word when we’re not facing opposition. Even the early onset of challenges can be easy, as we tend to be excited for the fight.
But, when a lengthy battle sets in, when we are weary from the fight, when it seems the enemy has nearly vanquished us—that is when we must ensure our devotion is steadfast. That is when we must deepen our commitment to the precepts of God, fighting all the more against lazy defenses. We must be vigilant and watchful, remaining on guard against the spiritual forces that seek to destroy us.
How have you become battle-weary? In what ways are you learning to cling to the Lord and his word? How often do you take time to praise the Lord and pray for strength for the spiritual fight?
Lord God, you are our rock and fortress. We praise you for your word, for how it guides us, comforts us, and gives us hope when we face trials. Help us, O Father, to deepen our devotion to you and our commitment to your word. Amen.