Psalm 119:49-72

Introduction
Psalm 119:49-72: The psalmist expounds upon the comfort and safety that can be found in God’s Law. The fairness of God’s Law means that they serve to establish justice. Obeying God’s teachings brings protection, wisdom, and happiness. It also brings a sense of security and even joy in the face of mocking from others.

49 Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope.
50 My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.
51 The arrogant mock me unmercifully, but I do not turn from your law.
52 I remember, Lord, your ancient laws, and I find comfort in them.
53 Indignation grips me because of the wicked, who have forsaken your law.
54 Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge.
55 In the night, Lord, I remember your name, that I may keep your law.
56 This has been my practice: I obey your precepts.
57 You are my portion, Lord; I have promised to obey your words.
58 I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise.
59 I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes.
60 I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.
61 Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget your law.
62 At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws.
63 I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts.
64 The earth is filled with your love, Lord; teach me your decrees.
65 Do good to your servant according to your word, Lord.
66 Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.
68 You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.
69 Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies, I keep your precepts with all my heart.
70 Their hearts are callous and unfeeling, but I delight in your law.
71 It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.
72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.

Reflect
How does the psalmist respond when other people reject God’s Law? Twice in this passage, he mentions that he even reflects on and rejoices in the Law at night. What might “night” mean in this context? How do his interactions with others impact his understanding of God’s Law? What parts of this passage resonate with you?

1 Comment

  1. July 5, 2017, 12:26 pm   /  Reply

    Li seu relato no Globo. Muito bom seu jornalismo quente.Abraos,

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