I am small and despised, yet I do not forget your precepts. Your righteousness is righteous forever, and your law is true. Trouble and anguish have found me out, but your commandments are my delight. Your testimonies are righteous forever; give me understanding that I may live.
Words that stand out: “yet”, “but”, “true”, “delight”
Seems to have a good vs. bad structure
Connection between God’s truths and fulfillment
The writer of this Psalm seems to really get it when it comes to approaching God’s Word. The writer recognizes some pretty unique things about the Christian journey and our relationship to God and His Word. Firstly, you don’t see any sugar coating of the fact that in this world, those who follow Jesus will have trouble. Life will not always be easy. In fact, it can be downright difficult and painful. We see that the writer has experienced this very thing. The verses show that trouble and anguish have caused the writer to feel small and despised. Yet instead of letting these worries and anxieties take over, the focus shifts to what the writer knows to be true. Every trial the writer faces is an opportunity to trust that God is good. The writer proclaims that even when nothing is going our way, God’s Word shouldn’t be forgotten. Instead, it should be what we cling to most. God’s Word and His promises are true. God’s righteousness brings us true hope, a confident expectation that God is who He says He is and will do what He says He will do. I love that instead of complaining and asking for life to be easier, the writer asks to understand God’s Word even more so that he may live and be fulfilled. What would our lives look like if we put that kind of faith in God’s Word?
Thank you for Your Word. Thank you that we can have a glimpse of just how incredible You are through your Word. I pray that in pain and suffering, my heart would turn to you alone and that my focus would be on your promises. I pray for a deeper understanding of your truths so that would grow my faith even more. Amen.