I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word. I recounted my ways and you answered me; teach me your decrees. Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders. My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me through your law. I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. I hold fast to your statues, O Lord; do not let me be put to shame. I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free. Psalm 119:25-32 NIV
I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word. (Psalm 119:25) The psalmist, or writer of this psalm, is hurting. Earlier in verse 23, he mentions rulers sitting together and slandering him. There may be other problems facing him as well; we do not know. However, we are told that his “soul is weary with sorrow.” (Psalm 119:28)
We all face times that are filled with sorrow. Tears, frustrations, and struggles are a common element in the lives of all people. When I read about the sorrow of this author, I am reminded of Psalm 27: 13-14, I am certain that I will see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living. This verse reminds us that God can bring hope to our lives, even in the most desperate of situations. Where do we find this hope? We find it by reading God’s word, by thinking about God’s word, and by praying that God would help us understand His word. We also find hope by obeying God’s word.
The writer realizes that he will find strength in God’s word. Strengthen me according to your word. (Psalm 119:28) I find it interesting that immediately after he speaks of being strengthened by God’s word, he asks God to “keep [him] from deceitful ways.” During the most intense emotional struggles of our lives, we are often tempted to sin. When our hearts are hurting and we are distressed, it can be easy to give in to temptation and do something that we shouldn’t do. Being hungry, angry, tired or sad can make us more vulnerable to being controlled by our emotions and not our minds.
When we are facing a crisis, it is important to choose the way of truth and set our hearts on God’s laws. We must make a deliberate attempt to hold fast to God’s statues, or laws, because the winds of adversity will easily blow us off course.
- Hiding God’s Word in Our Hearts (mainwriters.com)