41 May your unfailing love come to me, Lord,
your salvation, according to your promise;
42 then I can answer anyone who taunts me,
for I trust in your word.
43 Never take your word of truth from my mouth,
for I have put my hope in your laws.
44 I will always obey your law,
for ever and ever.
45 I will walk about in freedom,
for I have sought out your precepts.
46 I will speak of your statutes before kings
and will not be put to shame,
47 for I delight in your commands
because I love them.
48 I reach out for your commands, which I love,
that I may meditate on your decrees.
There is a promise we have in Christ: we will be saved completely. For those of us who have already been given salvation our hope is set on the sanctification of our souls and then the final day when we will be taken to our Lord. On that day our salvation will be complete, as per His promises to us. This is how God loves us. As the psalmist says in verse 42, we will face hardships; but our hope in God’s promise will keep us from loosing heart. He speaks of trust in this verse – something many of us have a hard time with. It is one thing to know that you belong to God, it is quite another to trust Him with your life. This is when many would say, “let go and let God”. But I say no! Instead say, “Grab a hold and trust God!”
To let go is to stop caring, or even to force yourself to stop thinking about it (whatever it is) and just let God work it out. The thing is God isn’t going to work on it without teaching you how to work on it, and the only way to overcome it is to accept that God is working on you and to move forward with Him – trusting Him. How can we show that we trust Him? Read His book… and hear what he has to say… then apply it. In verse 43 the psalmist asks for this – to never have God’s word taken from him because that is where his hope lies. The Bible is the closest we can get to our Savior until we meet Him face to face. Jesus is the Word (read John 1).
Recent events in our history have caused us to question whether or not the Bible is relevant for our culture. As a person who has cried out that Jesus is Lord we have a higher commitment to Him than to our society. If one day our city decides to change a law that directly violates God’s law, we have a decision to make. Is Jesus really our Lord? Or was that just part of a fancy prayer we said for fire insurance purposes? The Bible clearly shows us God’s character. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is the same now as He was before any of this existed. His laws don’t change by the majority or minority rule. They are constant, and the psalmist expresses that there is a great freedom that comes with this knowledge (verse 45). We are but a mist, here today and gone tomorrow. Civilizations build up and are destroyed, but God’s word will never cease to be true.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. – Matthew 24:35 (words of Jesus)
It is for this reason that the psalmist says with certainty that no matter who he entertains, be it kings or commoners, he will speak boldly of God’s precepts for His people, and because he knows it’s the truth he will never be put to shame. What does God require of us? To love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength – but how can we do that if we never even read what He says? What an amazing reality check awaits those who take the time to sit at His feet and study His words. The riches and glory that awaits the willing soul will fill you to overflowing in knowing that the very words you read are from the lips of the Almighty God. Why would we not love it? Why would we not revel in His great mercies to us who for no reason of our own but by God’s grace have been given new life? What an amazing Savior we have who graciously lays out His laws – perfect laws – so we can walk in them and say with the psalmist: I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees.
Something to ponder –
I frequently get asked by my peers how I know so much about God’s word and about the history surrounding it. It’s because I have a desire (given by God) to study and find myself approved before Him (2 Timothy 2:15). I pray for wisdom and discernment in correctly dividing God’s word, and He is faithful to grant my requests (Matthew 7:7-8). These things are not just for my benefit, they are part of the precepts and commands that God gives all of His elect. It is my prayer and great hope that the church will become so enamored with their Savior that they cannot contain their desire for the truth found only through His word.
Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. – 2 Corinthians 4:1-6