Protection in Affliction

“May my heart be blameless in your statutes,
that I may not be put to shame!” Psalm 119.80

This verse brings this tenth stanza full circle. He opened this section (73) by acknowledging that God created him, thus knows him better than he even knows himself. This truth led him to plead with God to give him understanding of divine truth.

As the poet has guided us through this stanza, he’s shown us the usefulness of God’s word in guiding the faithful through affliction. His words focus in on the steadfast love (76) and mercy (77) of the Lord, as seen in his word. This brings hope and comfort in the face of affliction and encourages other believers as well.

As he finishes the section, he points out that God’s word also protects him from shame. Though he faces affliction, he does not seek to excuse sinful behavior with his circumstances. Rather, he beseeches the Lord to protect him and enable him to walk according to biblical truth.

How have you been prone to make excuses for sin by pointing to your circumstances or the sin of others? Take time to confess that to the Lord and seek him to Gide you in his word, to guard you from further shameful behavior. Spend some time dwelling on how you’ve seen the Lord’s faithfulness in your trials and afflictions.

Gracious God and King, your steadfast love is astounding. Guide us in your truth, heavenly Father, that we might walk blamelessly. Help us to look to you for grace and justification, not to seek our own vindication. May our hearts be blameless in your statutes, that our lives might glorify you. Amen.

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