41 Let Your mercies come also to me, O LORD—Your salvation according to Your word. 42 So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me, For I trust in Your word. 43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, For I have hoped in Your ordinances. 44 So shall I keep Your law continually, Forever and ever.
-God's mercy is associated with His salvation (v. 41)
-We have an accuser who needs to be answered (v. 42)
-God's word is the foundation of our hope (v. 43)
-God's law will ultimately be fulfilled in us (v. 44)
Verse 41 directs our attention to God’s mercies. His salvation comes from His mercy. There is no good work that we can do to earn God’s favor. We can only receive it as a gift of His grace (cf. Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:8-9).
As a result of this salvation, we need not fear the reproaches of the evil one when we stand before God’s glorious throne (v. 42, cf. Revelation 12:10). If we put our faith in the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ, we have been washed clean in the blood of the Lamb (cf. 1 Peter 1:18-19).
We cling diligently to these glorious promises from God’s holy word, because this word of truth is an anchor for our soul, the foundation of our hope (v. 43, cf. Hebrews 6:18-19).
As a result of this faith in Jesus Christ we fulfill God’s holy law (v. 44), both absolutely through the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ credited to our account (cf. Philippians 3:9), and progressively through His holy law, written on our hearts, transforming us into the image of Jesus Christ from glory to glory (cf. Hebrews 8:10-12; 2 Corinthians 3:18).
Our Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your mercy, that when we had rebelled against You and Your holy character, and deserved nothing but to be cast forever from Your presence, You sent your Own Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem us. Thank you that He has cleansed us from our sins in His own blood, so that we need not fear the accusation of the evil one. Thank you that we can rest in your word of truth, and always find comfort and strength there. Thank you
for your transforming work within us, transforming us into the image of your Son, Jesus Christ, from glory to glory through the work of You Holy Spirit within us. Amen.