There’s an old saying, “If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything.” As with many old sayings this one has been stated so many times that it may seem trite or overly simple. But there is truth there. The key, and this is not explicitly stated in this saying, is standing for something that will last, something true and not subject to change regardless of any circumstance or situation.
I know of only one standard that meets those qualifications; the word of God. In Psalm 119:65 – 72 the psalmist comes to that same understanding. He realizes that God alone can supply good discernment and knowledge, a frame of reference or context that is universal and eternal.
“Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word,” he writes. In the midst of a dark and sinful people he now has the context to fully appreciate his own place in relationship to God. People lie about him, so he observes God’s precepts. The evil may prosper for a time, but the psalmist delights in God’s law.
As we observe and navigate through a world that is no less dark and evil than that endured by those during the Old Testament we need the discernment and knowledge that God alone can provide.
This week during Middays Prayer Time, around 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM, I’ll be sharing from this section of Psalms 119.
Mon 05/20 Jerry will be out, Rob Langer is filling in
Tue 05/21 Psalms 119:65 – 66
Wed 05/22 Psalms 119:67 – 68
Thu 05/23 Psalms 119:69 – 70
Fri 05/24 Psalms 119:71 – 72
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