Psalm 119:137-144 “Tsadde”
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How many times have we heard the criticism that the idea of hell or eternal punishment is unfair? How many times have we heard, “I can’t believe in a God who would…”? Like Paul, we say “But who are you, O man, to answer back to God?” (Romans 9:20) And indeed, with David, we say, God’s judgments are indeed upright, simply because they are God’s.
Again, his judgments, his testimonies, his commandments are righteous and faithful to us. There is no shadow of turning in God, and everything he does is 100% loving, 100% merciful, 100% just, and 100% righteous…
David was consumed with zeal against those who rejected God. Are we?
My pastor recently preached on John 8:31: “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples.’” Do we love God’s word and abide in it as both David exhorts us and Christ commands us?
Here the psalmist recognizes his own humble position before God, but he also does not forget his duty.
All of God’s attributes are everlasting, as is His truth. His truth does not change from generation to generation. As Spurgeon said,
Do men really believe that there is a gospel for each century? Or a religion for each fifty years? Will there be in heaven saints saved according to a score sorts of gospel?
The answer to his question is, of course, no. For God’s righteousness is everlasting, and His law is truth.
Even in the midst of trouble, do we take joy in the word of God, and pursuing His good pleasure? Sometimes when I am faced with challenges, the last thing I want to do is look into His word. But that should be my first refuge, like David.
Again, God’s testimonies are everlasting. And when He gives us understanding through His Spirit, we truly live and shall die no more. Amen.