Welcome to His Encouragement Thursday!
This week I am going to continue my series on Psalm 119.
For those who may not know, Psalm 119 is broken down into 22 stanzas and each stanza begins with one letter from the Hebrew Alphabet. Each stanza is broken up into 8 verses for a total of 176 verses. It is the longest Psalm in the Psaltry. And, Psalm 119 is an example of an acrostic, which is a poem where the first letter of each verse spells out a word, message, or follows the alphabet. In this case, Psalm 119 follows the Hebrew Alphabet.
My goal with this series is not lofty. I am not an expert on Psalm 119. I just love its symmetry and message, and I want to share that with you over the next 22 weeks. Perhaps I will be able to share some insight, some interesting tidbits and facts, or just some thoughts on how the verses strike me. My true goal is that this series is an extra encouragement to you, and helps you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. I hope you enjoy and are blessed!
Psalm 119: 121-128
Ayin (pronounced “ah-yeen”)
I have done what is just and right; do not leave me to my oppressors.
Guarantee Your servant’s well-being; do not let the arrogant oppress me.
(123) My eyes grow weary looking for Your Salvation and for Your righteous promise.
Deal with Your servant based on Your faithful love; teach me Your statutes.
I am Your servant; give me understanding so that I may know Your decrees.
(126) It is time for the Lord to act for they have violated Your instruction.
Since I love Your commands more than gold, even the purest gold,
I carefully follow all Your precepts and hate every false way.
Psalm 119 is all about hearing and doing the Scriptures.
I don’t know about you, dear reader, but I am ready for Jesus to come collect His Bride. Daily, sometimes many, many times throughout the day, I beg God to turn to His precious, perfect Son and tell Him it’s time. Why? Because this earth frustrates me to no end.
I’m sick of the ignorance, the stupidity, the meanness, the ugliness, and the hatred. I’m sick of living in a world where people I care about are so caught up in the devil’s deceptions they are no longer the people I thought I knew. I’m sick of kids getting hurt EVERY SINGLE DAY, and I’m sick of people calling this a conspiracy. I’m sick of politics. I’m sick of “leaders.” I’m sick of people being led by their hate. I’m sick of fake christians who have made God into their own image and likeness, and then smugly tell me how to believe in him. I’m sick of lies, false prophets, and really bad pastors. I’m sick of disease and pain and suffering and death. And, I’m so sick of sadness.
Some days, it’s enough to make me not want to get out of bed.
BUT, like the psalmist, I keep on keeping on because I know with everything in me that God’s Word — all of it from Genesis to Revelation — is 100% real and true. My eyes are weary right now from constantly looking up, but I will NEVER stop looking up. One day soon, God’s righteous promise will happen and the Bride will be removed from this earth for a time.
Many times throughout a day, I, like the psalmist, cry out to God that it must be time to act (v. 126) because “they” (i.e., people who say they believe in God) constantly, daily, violate His instruction, but then I always remember that God is the Boss. He is the keeper of time. When He is ready, He will turn to His Son and tell Him to begin fulfilling the final righteous promises. Not in my time, but in His!
Patience is not easy for me, but if I’ve learned anything during my time in COVID lock down (which we’re still under in CA) it’s that God knows exactly what He’s doing. None of this is fooling Him or taking Him by surprise. And, if I quiet myself long enough and sit quietly with God I can truly see all the ways He has been, and continues to protect and provide for me and my family.
God is amazing. I know we are all weary, like the psalmist, but we must remember that God is good ALL the time. He is the Boss, and He has you in the palm of His hand! If you are discouraged today, dear reader, turn to God. He is right there waiting for you to give Him your weariness.
NOW, IT’S YOUR TURN!
WHAT BIBLICAL VERSE IS ENCOURAGING YOU TODAY?
Check out more Thursday Encouragement from my fellow blogger friends:
Trisha @ Joy of Reading
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective
Becca @ The Becca Files
Gina @ Stories by Gina
Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes
Andi @ Radiant Light
Leslie @ Words of Hope
Claudia @ Claudia Moser
Keneesha @ Women Loving God’s Way