Psalms 119:161-168

Time got away from me.  LOL.    Not really, I just didn’t take the time to post.   I woke up today at 3:30, a lot is on my mind, plus I needed to be up by 4 anyway to get ready for Easter Sunday.   It’s going to be a great day.   HAPPY CHRIST’S RESURRECTION DAY everyone!!!! (to the three people that actually read this lol).  So let’s take a look at Psalms 119:161-168.

161 Rulers persecute me without cause,
    but my heart trembles at your word.

The writer is saying that he is being persecuted for no reason, but even though he’s in trouble, whenever he hears the word of God, or reads it, his heart is pierced with conviction or joy.   Persecution happens.   A lot of it we may not understand why, and, let’s be honest, a lot of it we bring on ourselves.    It’s tough and gets us down, but what happens is it draws us (hopefully) closer to God because we know HE’s the only way we’re going to get out of it.   The key phrase for me is that David says his heart “trembles”.   It excites, brings fear, and joy all at the same time.   It’s easy to take the word and work of God for granted.   To think of it as just words on a page written by some guy thousands of years ago, but it’s more than that.  When we/I let it sink in and change my life and realize the meaning, my heart is changed, my mind is challenged.  Isn’t that what everyone is looking for?
162 I rejoice in your promise
    like one who finds great spoil.

Who doesn’t like a treasure hunt?   That’s what David is saying God’s promises are like.   Finding something of great value.  Now, David’s idea of spoils is something other than a treasure hunt.   As a warrior he;would go on a raid and what ever he carried away was his.   I suppose there were times when he wouldn’t get very much, but then there were also times when he would be surprised and BAM:  HUGE PAYOFF!!!  That’s what he likens it to.   It’s true.   When I read a promise from God and accept it to be true, man, it’s like gold.  I’m telling everyone I know, “HEY, LOOK WHAT I READ”,   David finds joy in the promises of GOD.   
163 I hate and detest falsehood
    but I love your law.

A pretty straightforward statement.   David is reaffirming his love for GOD’s word.   David is redundant, but he can’t get enough of saying how much he loves GOD’s word.
164 Seven times a day I praise you
    for your righteous laws.

David is in constant praise of God’s laws.   Is there a reason for the #7 that David chooses to use to describe how often he praises God for HIS laws?   Possibly.   7 is considered the number of GOD.   There are numerous times that the #7 is used in the Bible:  7 days to create the world, the Book of Revelation is filled with references to the #7, there is nothing coincidental in the work and word of God.   I may never understand the connection, but, to David it’s significant.   It’s symbolic to him that he praises God 7 times a day.

165 Great peace have those who love your law,
   and nothing can make them stumble.

For those of us who love GOD and love reading the law, there is peace that is provided, that is gained from the reading of God’s law.   There is also a great amount of fortitude gained from reading the word of GOD.   What I mean is, that once you take the truths and promises of God as just that, TRUTH, then a person realizes that GOD is a constant presence in their lives.   It is because of this presence that we have hope, the strength to continue when tough times come, when temptation overcomes us.    GOD’s promises are a light in the dark and a life preserver when we feel like we’re drowning.   
166 I wait for your salvation, Lord
    and follow your commands.

The word wait is used numerous times in Psalms, and in the BIBLE as a whole.   It seems, however, that while the word wait is used often, it is also followed by some type of action verb.  Here it is the word “follow.”  He waits for salvation, but follow’s the commands of God.   To wait and to follow are two words that counter each other.    If w’ere told to wait, then we understand that we should stand still, to not go anywhere.  Yet, David follows up by saying he follow’s GOD’s commands.   It is often that (as the song says) while we are waiting for GOD, that we are to still remain active in the work of GOD.   We are to wait for GOD, but don’t stop worshiping, working, 
167 I obey your statutes,
    for I love them greatly.

David doesn’t obey GOD’s word out of a sense of duty or guilty, or even because it’s been part of a family tradition.   He says he obeys because he genuinely loves them.   How often as Christians do we have multiple reasons to obey the word of GOD when we’re young, whether it’s from tradition, guilt, or a sense of duty.  How often do we actually obey out of genuine love?   When we come to the point that we obey out of love, that’s when we truly understand what it means to be a Christian.  We do it for no other reason than that we love GOD.
168 I obey your precepts and your statutes,
    for all my ways are known to you.

AND, that’s the other reason David obeys.   Because GOD Knows his ways.  It’s not in a creepy stalker way that GOD knows our ways, more of the loving parent that knows what HIS children are doing.   That’s how GOD knows our ways, and why we should obey.   Because we know we can’t hide from God.   Because, eventually, whatever we do is going to get back to us.

One more section and Psalms 119 is done.

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