Look on my misery and rescue me, for I do not forget your law.
Plead my cause and redeem me; give me life according to your promise.
Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek your statutes.
Great is your mercy, O Lord; give me life according to your justice. (Psalm 119:153-156)
In this, the longest psalm, the psalmist is meditating upon God’s Law or teaching. He knows the Torah, he remembers God’s promises, he is aware that some others do not, and he desires life according to God’s justice. To fully appreciate these verses we must be aware of His teachings, promises, and desire for justice. They are not just words to bandy about, but concepts critical to God and his world. We must study the Bible in detail, taking it as an integrated whole, to begin to comprehend what these concepts mean.
God’s teachings are extensive, his desire for justice is immense, and His promises and covenants are vast (Isa 61:8-9 “For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing. In my faithfulness I will reward my people and make an everlasting covenant with them. Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the LORD has blessed.”) Like the psalmist, let us ask God that our life – and how we live it – is a life according to God’s promises and his justice.
Help me to be aware of your teachings and your desire for justice, O God, so that I may live in accordance with such. Amen.
Norman Mahan - Bible student