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Psalm 119 – Part 11

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PSALM 119:81-88
 Hebrew Kaph -K-Kh(Kaph)

“81 My soul longs for your salvation; I hope in your word.
82
My eyes long for your promise; I ask, “When will you comfort me?”
83
For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke, yet I have not forgotten your statutes.
84 How long must your servant endure? When will you judge those who persecute me?
85 The insolent have dug pitfalls for me; they do not live according to your law.
86 All your commandments are sure; they persecute me with falsehood; help me!
87
They have almost made an end of me on earth, but I have not forsaken your precepts.
88 In your steadfast love give me life, that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.
Psalm 119:81-88, ESV

Even in the midst of problems and as others persecute him, the Psalmist seeks the Lord. In verse 82 the Amplified version says he states that he is ‘watching for the fulfillment of Your salvation’. Even when it doesn’t appear that the Lord is working, and that the enemy is about to devour him, he continues to hope in God’s Word and watch for the fulfillment of God’s salvation in his life.

Perhaps you are experiencing similar situations, but know this: God is on your side, and He is there in your midst no matter what is going on. The world will always think God’s way is foolishness and make fun of those who follow the Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:27) Proverbs 4:8 adds that the folly of fools is deception. God’s message of love and reconciliation in His Son is foolishness to the world’s thinking but for those of us who have been transformed by Jesus, the message demonstrates the power of God in our midst. And His power doesn’t stop; it’s available 24/7. That should give you some comfort and peace and rest in your spirit.

Proverbs 21:30 says that there is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord. When you do as the Psalmist and put your hope in His Word, and follow His direction, God will show Himself faithful to you – in strength, power, love, protection, and direction.

“But let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice;
let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a  covering over
them and defend them; let those also who love Your name
be joyful in You and be in high spirits. For You, Lord, will bless
the righteous; as with a shield You will surround him with good  will
(pleasure and favor [His Grace]).”
Psalm 5:11-12

 

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